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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 - God, improv, and the art of living by Maryann McKibben Dana

by T Derrick Witherington
from Signs of the Times No. 71 - Oct 2018

In a pluralized context wherein the variety of possible choices becomes ever more widened with each passing day, many people seek an identity which can provide them with a certain degree of certainty.

Identity is, of course, necessary, but sometimes identities which are too strong and closed can possess a closed, lifeless, and, at times, lethal edge.

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Review - Regaining life’s winding trail by Henry Disney

by Rosalind Lund
from Signs of the Times No. 71 - Oct 2018

In this idiosyncratic and fascinating memoir, entomologist and naturalist Henry Disney takes the reader with him on his spiritual and career journey through life.

Very much a Modern Church sort of person, his scientific knowledge and understanding meant that he could never accept a literal interpretation of the Bible and inevitably this led him through a period of difficulty with organized religion. He came through this and was led to feel that he was called to ordained ministry. However, this was not to be (half of the selectors considered him ‘heretical’) but his bishop thought that Henry’s talents were needed in the Church and recommended him to become a selector - a role Henry fulfilled for some years.

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Review - Action! A cleric off the leash by Colin Hodgetts

by Bill Cave
from Signs of the Times No. 71 - Oct 2018

Action! A Cleric Off the Leash is a self-published autobiography available on the internet. This review has one purpose: to make you buy it!

Once bought, the book should be read; then its wisdom should invade your life.

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Review - CD: Padraig O Tuama in conversation with Raymond Friel

by Keith Thomasson
from Signs of the Times No. 71 - Oct 2018


This CD is part of a series of interviews with leading Christian thinkers and activists such as Jean Vanier and Timothy Radcliffe.

I shall be reviewing the other interviews too. It would be fruitful to hear an increasingly diverse range of people be interviewed.

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Review - The way of silence: Engaging the sacred in daily life by David Steindl-Rast OSB

by Michael Goater
from Signs of the Times No. 71 - Oct 2018


First published in hardback in 2016, this paperback edition offers a series of meditations on themes which will be familiar to readers of Br David Steindl-Rast's earlier books and, increasingly of late, to followers of his work on the internet, including a number of his conferences.

Here eleven short chapters, each prefaced by a quotation from other books by Br David (notably Gratefulness: The Heart of Prayer (1984), A Listening Heart (1999) and Music of Silence (2001)) centre, as the title of this volume implies, on 'the way of silence', a discipline of contemplative prayer, which begins, continues and end in 'obedience'.

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