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This was the title of a paper delivered at a Modern Church South West group meeting on Saturday 8th April 2017 at Manvers Street Baptist Church, Bath.

Canon Paul Brett, formerly Social Responsibilty Officer in the Church of England diocese of Chelmsford led a reflection on how we can engage meaningfully with the trends which led to the rise of Brexit and Trump.

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The Oxford theologian who called for the conservative bishop nominated to the Diocese of Sheffield to clarify his position on women’s ministry or decline the nomination has called for ‘a thorough and wholesale review’ of gender-based discrimination in the Church of England.

The Very Revd Professor Martyn Percy, Dean of Christ Church Cathedral, Oxford, has published a follow-up essay in response to criticism of his stance in an article published on the website of Modern Church, a society promoting liberal Christianity, of which Prof Percy is a Vice President.

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At this month's annual meeting of the Modern Church Council, our Acting General Secretary Revd Dr Lorraine Cavanagh gave the keynote address about the profound implications of liberality in countering extremism and fundamentalism in both religion and politics.

In the paper she presented, Reclaiming the Soul of Modern Church, Lorraine argued that as a liberal society, Modern Church embodies intellectual freedom and hospitality, which calls us to 

do theology together in such a way as to connect with those who find themselves either outside the bounds of the institutional Church, or marginalized within them.

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The Dean of Christ Church, Oxford, has invitated the Bishop-designate of Sheffield, the Rt Revd Philip North, to decline his nomination to the See because of his opposition to women's ordination.

The Very Revd Prof Martyn Percy has made a case against the elevation of the Rt Revd Philip North, the Bishop of Burnley, in an article published on the website of Modern Church, a society promoting liberal Christianity, of which Prof Percy is a Vice President.

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As the Church of England’s General Synod gathers this month, a senior cleric has highlighted the connection between the ongoing debate over same-sex relationships and marriage, and the latest scandal over historic abuse.

The Very Revd Prof Martyn Percy, Dean of Christ Church Cathedral, Oxford, has made the link in an article published on the website of Modern Church, a society promoting liberal Christianity, of which he is a Vice President.

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‘Setting God’s people free to do what they are told’ is a statement by Modern Church responding to a Report by the Archbishops’ Council of the Church of England.

The Archbishops’ Report, Setting God’s People Free, aims to generate more active engagement by lay churchpeople. Modern Church supports the Report’s concern to improve the relationships of lay people to their clergy.

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In her keynote address to the Modern Church Day conference, Do we need a new Reformation?, held in Bath on 15th October 2016, Modern Church's Acting General Secretary Lorraine Cavanagh argued that the prophetic voice of the Church is being stifled by managerialism and the idea that the Church is an ‘organisation’, rather than the body of Christ.

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After Brexit - Can we find a broad and middle way? 

A call for a public, political theology


The Very Revd Professor Martyn Percy, Dean of Christ Church, Oxford
Vice President of Modern Church 
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At the annual meeting of the Modern Church Council in March, Prof Elaine Graham, Grosvenor Research Professor of Practical Theology at the University of Chester and Canon Theologian at Chester Cathedral, led a stimulating session on the changing face of faith in the public sphere.

This is the summary and further reading list.

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At the annual meeting of the Modern Church Council in March, Prof Elaine Graham, Grosvenor Research Professor of Practical Theology at the University of Chester and Canon Theologian at Chester Cathedral, led a stimulating session on the changing face of faith in the public sphere.

This download is the full text of her address.

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