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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Meet our new administrator

We're delighted to introduce our new part-time administrator, who will start in November 2015 for a handover period with our current administrator, who is retiring at the end of the year.

My name is Diane Kutar and I am delighted to have been appointed as the new administrator for Modern Church.

I am married to Philip and have a six year old son, Christian. We live in Burgess Hill, about 10 miles from the South East Coast. We worship as a family at St Andrew’s Church in Burgess Hill, where I also work as their site co-ordinator.

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What’s wrong with the Church of England - & can anything be done?

A leading expert on religion came to Liverpool on 29th June 2015 to talk about her surveys of people's religious beliefs, and the challenges they present to church leaders at a time of great change.

Linda Woodhead is best known for spearheading the Westminster Faith Debates, where leading academics and public figures respond to new YouGov surveys on religion and values today.

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