Modern Church appoints acting General Secretary

The trustees of Modern Church, the international society promoting liberal Christian theology, have appointed an acting General Secretary to help steer the organisation over the next nine months following the promotion of their current General Secretary to a senior role in the Church of England.

In May 2016, Modern Church’s General Secretary, Revd Guy Elsmore, was appointed to the role of Archdeacon of Buckingham in the Diocese of Oxford. On taking up this position in July 2016, Guy recognised that he is no longer able to give the time that the role of General Secretary of Modern Church needs.

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Why we need gender-inclusive language in worship

Language about or addressed to God should be derived from human experience, not just from men’s experience, argues Prof. Adrian Thatcher, a trustee of Modern Church, in a new Forewords booklet launched at our 2016 annual conference.

In the 36-page booklet, Gender Inclusive Language and Worship, Professor Thatcher advocates the use of language which does not privilege men over women, in Christian theology, hymnody, liturgy and prayer.

Gender-inclusive language recognizes that God is beyond the distinctions of sex - it differs from ‘gender-neutral’ language which avoids the use of personal pronouns such as 'he' and 'him', or 'she' and 'her'. Gender-inclusive language is personal language drawn from the whole range of human experience, including and especially women.

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After Brexit - Can we find a broad and middle way? Senior cleric calls for new social-progressive political party

As the UK faces an uncertain future, and its two major political parties hold internal contests for their leadership, a senior Anglican professor claims that the need for a new, progressive social-democratic political party ‘has never been more urgent’.

The Very Revd Prof Martyn Percy, Dean of Christ Church, Oxford, has made the claim 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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Modern Church General Secretary to become Archdeacon of Buckingham

The trustees of Modern Church are delighted to congratulate our General Secretary, Revd Canon Guy Elsmore, following the announcement today that he is to become the next Archdeacon of Buckingham in the Diocese of Oxford.

Guy, currently the Area Dean of Toxteth and Wavertree and Rector of the St Luke in the City Team in Liverpool, has been General Secretary of Modern Church since July 2013.

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Meet our new communications officer

We're delighted to introduce our new part-time communications officer, who started in March 2016 in this new role for Modern Church.

My name is Kieran Bohan and I am delighted to have been appointed as the new communications officer for Modern Church.

Originally from London, I moved to Liverpool in 2003 to study journalism and web design. I trained for the Roman Catholic priesthood in my twenties, but chose not to be ordained. I am now a lay member of the leadership team at St Bride’s CofE Church in Toxteth.

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