Open believing

by Jonathan Clatworthy
from Signs of the Times No. 40 - Jan 2011

A lot has changed at Modern Church over the last six months. Our Annual General Meeting brought to an end two processes which had used up an immense amount of time on internal matters, by agreeing to a new constitution and a new name.

At last, it seemed, an opportunity to look outwards again. Where next? In the event there was no time to wonder. We had already booked our first ever stall at Greenbelt, so we duly went; but we had not anticipated the huge amount of interest in us, nearly all supportive.

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The Gospel infancy narratives - conference at Gladstone's Library, 7th October 2010

by Richard Martin
from Signs of the Times  No. 40 - Jan 2011
[NW region conferences]

Most of the 25 people attending this one-day conference were already familiar with Dr Gareth Lloyd Jones' theme - which was that the infancy narratives were bad history but good theology.

But he gave us plenty of new things to think about, and spiced it in his usual way with humorous quips which produced many bursts of laughter.

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Puzzled by choice of St Hilda - Letter to The Church of England Newspaper, 19th November 2010

by Mary Roe
reprinted in Signs of the Times No. 40 - Jan 2011

I and many of my friends are as puzzled as  your correspondent, Robert Ian Williams, by the choice of St. Hilda as a patron of the newly formed group of those who regard themselves as traditionalists with regard to the practice of their Christian faith, although on somewhat different grounds from his.

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Reply to The power of symbols

by Graham Hellier
from Signs of the Times No. 40 - Jan 2011

I appreciated Anthony's thoughtful comments on my article 'This is my blood' in the October editorial. Perhaps I can take the conversation further. 

We agree as to the value of symbols but the difficulty in the Eucharist is that the language  is highly literalist. This matters greatly in a society as prosaic as ours. Only familiarity prevents us seeing that a literal understanding is as much a distortion, as if Jesus had offered an actual cup of 'living water' to the woman at the well.

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What do Christians believe about God?

by Margaret Bradnum
from Signs of the Times No. 40 - Jan 2011

What do we mean when we say 'God'?

Something like the principle behind the universe,  something too big for us to comprehend; a great MYSTERY.

The mystery seems to be accessible to us however; and people now and in the past testify that they have come across evidence of its existence in a whole variety of ways.

People have particularly experienced it as strength and POWER; something that enables them to cope: and MESSAGE; something that comes through to them as call or challenge.

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