Faith at school

by Mary Roe
from Signs of the Times, No. 24 - Jan 2007
[Reply by Elizabeth Ashton in Signs of the Times No. 26 - Jul 2007]

Theology is for grown-ups - but what about Mark 10:14, "Let the little children come to me and do not hinder them ..."

Many people see no contradiction or even tension between these two concepts and this has led to an ever-widening gap between academic theology which takes account of modern scientific advances in knowledge of the world we live in and the presentation of a Jesus figure, friend of little children, who is still depicted by some clergy and Sunday School teachers as living "beyond the bright blue sky." I remember the tricky negotiations I had to attempt between a frustrated and furious Headmistress of a C. of E. primary school and her Vicar who insisted that, in the worship at the end of a whole term's space project, she include that particular hymn!

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Leading an embattled church?

by John Saxbee
from Signs of the Times No. 24 - Jan 2007

This was the Washington Post headline on the day Katharine Jefferts Schori was Installed as Presiding Bishop of the Episcopal Church of the USA.

She is effectively the first woman Archbishop in the Anglican Communion, and will take her place at Primates' meetings as well as leading ECUSA through some pretty challenging times.

It was an enormous privilege for me to represent the Archbishop of Canterbury at both the Investiture Service and the Installation Service the following day. These were extraordinary occasions - full of colour, movement, emotion and an astonishing repertoire of music reflecting the rich ethnic diversity characterising American Anglicanism. The decibel count was way above what most of us are used to in our more sedate English ceremonies, with regular rounds of applause and much whooping and cheering.

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Who wants to be evangelized?

Editorial by Jonathan Clatworthy
from Signs of the Times No. 24 - Jan 2007

In the early 1970s, when I trained to be a social worker, the department was full of Marxists who could assure us all that, as a matter of fact, religion had been disproved and was going to die out.

(This was Manchester. It was just across the road from the faculty of Theology!) In the meantime, however, it was doing untold harm, and there would be continuing poverty and hardship as long as the unenlightened clung to the superstition of religion. I had already begun my training for the ordained ministry in the Church of England, so the discussions were great fun.

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