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Annual Conference 2019

Theology in the public square - Monday 15th to Wednesday 17th July 2019 at High Leigh Conference Centre, Hoddesdon, Herts.

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New editor for Modern Believing journal

Modern Church appoints Dr Karen O' Donnell as the new managing editor of our academic journal Modern Believing

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Modern Church is 120!

Modern Church is celebrating 120 years with a social media campaign recording key moments in its history

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Review - Meeting evil with mercy: An Anglican priest’s bold answer to atrocity by Philip Pegler

by Tim Purchase
from Signs of the Times No. 69 - Apr 2018

The return to acceptance of meditation as something mainstream, and the availability of information about alternative religious practices has made this book more readable for many, although one has to say that, if the reader has little or no knowledge of spiritual contemplation, they may find the work difficult to understand.

Quite clearly the author, Philip Pegler, holds the subject of his book, the late Rev Dr Martin Israel, in extremely high regard. It does become clear, early in the book, that the lives of both men were very similar, not so much in actual place, but in experience and the desire for ultimate truth.

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Review - The authority of service and love: A recovery of meaning by Roger Payne

by Alan Jeans
from Signs of the Times No. 69 - Apr 2018

This is the second book by Roger Payne, a Reader in the Church of England.

His first, A different way: A human approach to the Divine, explored the use of language and the meaning of words. From that book, he believed the word ‘authority’ needed reassessment, particularly when applied to ‘religious authority’. The authority of service and love seeks to show that our understanding of authority must change if we are to be true to the message of Jesus.

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Review - Sing out for justice: The poetry and passion of the Hebrew Prophets by Ray Vincent

by Rosemary Walters
from Signs of the Times No. 69 - Apr 2018

The keywords in this book’s title, ‘justice’, ‘poetry’ and ‘passion’, reveal the author’s conviction that in discerning the priority of establishing justice in a radically changing world, the biblical prophets can be read from the imaginative perspective of the sensitivity and passion of poetry.

As he explains in the preface, these poetic impulses include longing, lamenting and celebrating – this sets the tone for a fascinating, accessible and stimulating journey through the identity, context and mission of the prophets.

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Review - The joy of being Anglican ed. Hodgson & Smith

by Lorraine Cavanagh
from Signs of the Times No. 69 - Apr 2018

At a time when Anglicanism is in danger of disintegration, this collection of short essays reminding us of the joys of being Anglican could not be more welcome.

In these fractious and difficult times, we badly need to be reminded of the subtle joys which Anglicanism has always brought to the practice of the Christian faith. Joy is not only of God, but is constituent of Anglican freedom, the essential freedom of belonging together in Christ. Each of the contributors celebrates the freedom which comes to us in the hospitality of God, and in the loving engagement of God’s purposes for world and community, focusing it on the iconic presence of the church in any given context.

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And finally… A lightbulb moment!

by Anthony Woollard
from Signs of the Times No. 69 - Apr 2018

The Editor is assured that a document including the following passage was genuinely found amongst the effects of a deceased member from the days when we were the Modern Churchpeople’s Union (and perhaps a little different from now in some of our theological and liturgical approaches - or not? And perhaps General Synod has changed even less?)

How many [Modern Church] members does it take to change a lightbulb?

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