May 24, 2022

Martyn Percy: Ethical? (or, Tea and Sympathy Are Not Enough)

As Peter Drucker famously remarked, “culture eats strategy for breakfast”.  It is therefore no use the Church of England running its own systems for safeguarding investigations […]
May 23, 2022

Martyn Percy: The Ministry of Truth and Safeguarding in the Church of England (A ‘Lessons Learned Review’ from 1984)

As any student of George Orwell knows, the world of 1984 turns all conventional language on its head.  In a dystopian political culture, the Ministry of […]
May 19, 2022

Mikhail Khodarenok – The ‘What If?’ Question

It is reported by the BBC[1] that a senior Russian military figure, Mikhail Khodarenok, a military analyst and retired colonel has, on a highly viewed programme on […]
May 17, 2022

Elaine Graham: What are we doing when we talk about God? Modern Theology and the Crisis of Faith

We are grateful to Prof Elaine Graham FBA for providing Modern Church with this transcript of her final lecture as Canon Theologian of Chester Cathedral, given […]
May 16, 2022

Refugees and the hostile environment

The service at All Hallows Leeds yesterday was run by its group supporting refugees. We were told about the Home Office’s regulations and how we can […]
May 7, 2022

Roe v. Wade – What Would Jesus Do?

Back in the 70’s and 80’s there were Christians who wore a wrist band with the letters WWJD, standing for ‘What would Jesus Do?’ I never […]
April 29, 2022

We long for peace – clumsily

I have just attended meetings about Ukraine on three successive days. They have helped me ask: how should British Christians feel about it? Granted that most […]
April 17, 2022

Martyn Percy: The Revolutionary Seeds of Easter

In a landmark study published in 1960, Isabel E. P. Menzies looked at the symbiotic relationship between nurses and their patients in a hospital.  A Case-Study […]
April 15, 2022

Martyn Percy: Testing Trials and Egregious Errors: Some Good Friday Reflections

Luke 22: 71a – And they said, “What further need do we have of testimony?” Matthew 24: 27 – Now when Pilate saw that he was […]