Modern Church AGM & Council update

At our annual conference last month, we held our AGM and election of new officers to our board of Trustees and members of our Council.

We formally welcomed our new General Secretary designate, Revd Jonathan Draper, who takes up this new paid, part-time role from 1st September 2017.

The AGM approved our Annual Report for 2016 and the following update of our Charitable Objects, which has been approved with the Charity Commission:

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Meet our new General Secretary

Following a competitive selection process, the trustees of Modern Church are pleased to announce the appointment of the Very Revd Dr Jonathan Draper as General Secretary of Modern Church.

Jonathan Draper, currently the Dean of Exeter Cathedral, announced his retirement from that role in March this year. He is currently on sabbatical, and will formally begin his new role with Modern Church on 1st September 2017.

This is a new opportunity for Modern Church as this will be a paid part-time post for the first time in Modern Church’s 119 year history.

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What should the Church say about the General Election?

Two trustees of Moden Church have joined the debate about how Christians should respond to the current political situation in the UK, following controversial comments from a Church Times columnist.

Letters from Revd Jonathan Clatworthy and Revd Dr Jeyan Anketell were published in the 19th May issue of the weekly Anglican newspaper, in response to comments by regular contributor Canon Angela Tilby, who said that church leaders say little about political issues which is not better said elsewhere.

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Populism & the Post Truth society: How should the churches respond?

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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An Approach to the Theology of Same-Sex Marriage

Modern Church highly commends this excellent report by the Church of Scotland, published last week.

Over the last 20 years church debates on same-sex partnerships have been vitiated by power struggles, threats of splits and unconvincing compromises with the loudest voices.

Instead this Report focuses on the real theological issues at stake, drawing on the work of leading academic theologians like Jean Porter and Robert Song.

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