Modern Church is 120! Celebrating #ModernChurchDay

Modern Church, the main advocate for liberal theology in the British churches, is celebrating 120 years with a social media campaign recording key moments in its history.

Starting on 27th July 2018, which it is calling Modern Church Day, the society is commemorating its achievements with a social media campaign using the hashtag #ModernChurchMoments, relaunching its website modernchurch.org.uk and publishing a series of videos asking members what Modern Church means to them.

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New editor for Modern Believing journal

Modern Church is pleased to announce the appointment of Dr Karen O' Donnell as the new managing editor of their academic journal Modern Believing.

Dr O’ Donnell is a Research Fellow in Digital Theology and Pedagogy at the CODEC Research Centre of Digital Theology, Durham University, with strong research interests in constructive theology, trauma, and theological anthropology. She takes over the role from Revd Dr Steven Shakespearewhose last issue will be the October 2018 journal.

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Whose kingdom are we building? Leading Christian theologian challenges Church of England ahead of #ThyKingdomCome global prayer campaign

As the Church of England this month joins other Christian communities across the country and around the world in ten days of prayer ‘for more people to come to know Jesus Christ’, an Oxford theologian has called on Christians to be still and listen to the concerns of the world.

The Very Revd Prof Martyn Percy, Dean of Christ Church, has called on the Church of England to reflect on what kind of kingdom it is building, as its focus on charismatic evangelism over the last thirty years risks achieving little and alienating many.

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New logo for our 120th anniversary

As Modern Church enters its 120th year (it was founded on 27th July 1898), we have much to celebrate: a long history of publishing quality theological work that has contributed to and, from time to time, shaped the national theological debate, in the Church of England and beyond.

Modern Church has always been about communication: of ideas, critique, a theological method, and scholarship. How we continue and communicate that heritage and continuing work in a digital age and new context has become a pressing question.

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Church of England ‘no longer competent’ to manage safeguarding, says senior cleric

Following intense scrutiny this month from the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse (IICSA), an Oxford theologian has argued that the Church of England is no longer competent to run its own safeguarding.

The Very Revd Prof Martyn Percy, Dean of Christ Church, has set out his argument 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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