Church Times publishes joint letter on Theology Now series - UPDATE

The Church Times, described as 'the world's leading Anglican newspaper', has published a joint letter signed by Modern Church President Linda Woodhead and 95 others, critiquing the paper's current theology series.

The 'Theology Now' weekly collection of features on various theological topics is running for seven weeks during Lent, including reflections on God, Creation, Jesus Christ, Salvation, The Holy Spirit and the Church, Last Things, and The Resurrection. Here is the text of the letter in full:

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Reform and Renewal or unintentional vandalism? A health and safety warning for General Synod

As the newly elected General Synod of the Church of England meets in London this month, a major theme will be the next stages of the Archbishops' Reform and Renewal programme to introduce changes to ministerial education and parish organisation to promote mission and growth.

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Church Times publishes liberal Christian group leaders' joint letter on #Primates2016 meeting

The Church Times, described as 'the world's leading Anglican newspaper', has published a joint letter on the meeting of the Anglican Communion Primates in Canterbury earlier this month issued by the leaders of Modern Church and its partner organisations, Inclusive Church and Progressive Christianity Network:

In the statement following their meeting, the Primates of the Anglican Communion have expressed their profound sorrow for the deep hurt caused within the Church towards people on the basis of their sexual orientation and they affirm that God’s love for every human being is the same regardless of their sexuality.

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Modern Church vice president responds to unchallenged homophobia on Radio 4 Sunday programme

FOLLOWING the release last week of his essay on the Modern Church website – Sex, Sense and Non-Sense for Anglicans – the Dean of Christ Church, the Very Revd Professor Martyn Percy, and a Vice President of Modern Church, appeared on BBC Radio 4’s Sunday programme to debate with Canon Dr Chris Sugden, a trustee of the conservative Evangelical pressure group, Anglican Mainstream.

Martyn Percy stated three reasons for writing his essay. First, to express the view that the church cannot simply treat same-sex relations as a difficult issue merely to be managed.  He called for some moral and intellectual leadership in the church on the issue, and especially from the Archbishop.

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Senior cleric calls for Archbishop of Canterbury to say sorry for Church’s response to homosexuality worldwide

As the Church of England faces another scandal over same-sex marriage and its treatment of clergy in same sex relationships, a senior Anglican professor has called on the Archbishop of Canterbury to apologise for the Church’s mistakes in its response to homosexuality around the world.

The Very Revd Prof Martyn Percy, Dean of Christ Church, Oxford, and a Vice President of Modern Church, has published an article petitioning Justin Welby in his role as head of the global Anglican Communion.

UPDATE 14/01/2016: Responses to the debate available herehere and here.

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