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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Between a rock and a hard place: Negotiating religious voices in public places

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.

The paper she presented, entitled Between a rock and a hard place: Negotiating religious voices in public places, drew on three case studies to examine what happens when religion erupts into public life and onto our streets, public buildings and our news media:

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Theology next: Looking ahead with Steven Shakespeare

To conclude its Theology Now series during the season of Lent, The Church Times asked seven theologians 'What is going to be the next big thing' in theological debate? Revd Dr Steven Shakespeare, editor of Modern Church's quaterly journal of liberal theology Modern Believing, was one of the seven. Here are his answers:

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