July 24, 2021

Modern Church President elected to Fellowship of the British Academy

The British Academy has announced the election of 84 new Fellows to its ranks, recognising contributions to a broad range of disciplines across the social sciences, […]
July 23, 2021
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Billionaires in space: progress or crime?

Space travel is back. Not, this time, as a ‘space race’ between superpowers, but as a leisure activity for billionaires. Is it a step forward? Towards […]
July 12, 2021
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The Creeds 100 years on

This is my second post about the controversial 1921 conference ‘Christ and the Creeds’, hosted by Modern Church’s predecessors. We’re celebrating with a day conference on […]
July 11, 2021
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A Response to the ‘Myriad Plan’ from Lorraine Cavanagh

‘Preach the Gospel. Use words if you must’ writes a wandering friar, in the 13th century. What would happen to the Church’s vision and strategy for generating […]
July 10, 2021
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Anthony Woollard: A Great Leap… To Where?

Only Martyn Percy could offer such an extended and telling comparison between Maoist China and the Church of England today, as he does in his blog […]
July 9, 2021
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Sally Barnes: Leadership Matters

on behalf of the Public Squares’ Refugees Hospitality and Welcome Group Leadership matters. Good, principled leadership matters. It sets the tone for how people respond and […]
July 7, 2021
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Martyn Percy: The Great Leap Forward (Part Two) – The Church of England’s Growth Fetish

The premise of the Church Growth Movement was simple: any enlargement is unquestionably good.  Correspondingly, all available resources and thinking are placed at the disposal of […]
July 6, 2021
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God in Christ 100 years on

We’re celebrating! Modern Church has an impressive record of promoting liberal theology, and it’s now 100 years since our most celebrated conference. What we did in […]
July 6, 2021

Limiting Factors: the ‘Myriad’ initiative and the future of the Church

Clergy may or may not be ‘limiting factors’ in the life of the church: I’ve known a few who are, and most who are not. Church […]