Review: Band of Angels - The Forgotten World of Early Christian Women, by Kate Cooper

by Tim Pearce
from Signs of theTimes No. 54 - Jul 2014

The names of the men of the early church in the first centuries after the Crucifixion are comparatively well-known. How would you do in a quiz on these names?

Chloe, Prisca, Phoebe, Junia, Lydia, Tryphena, Tryphosa, Thecla, Matthidia, Perpetua, Helena, Proba, Olympias, Eudoxia, Macrina, Marcella, Paula, Eustochium, Egeria, Poemenia, Eugenia, Melantia, Syncletica, Theodora, Sarah, Melania, Pulcheria, Eudokia.

(The only one I could have shown any real knowledge of before reading this book is the Empress Helena, mother of Constantine.)

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Greenbelt 2014: Travelling Light

by Christine Alker
from Signs of the Times No. 54 - Jul 2014

greenbelt2014'Engaged with culture, inspired by the arts, sustained by faith, we aspire to be an open, generous community.'

Modern Church has been part of this community for the past four years and has booked a stall in the Resources tent again, partnering with PCN Britain under the banner 'Together in Hope.'

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Review: A Silent Melody, by Shirley du Boulay

by Tim Stead
from Signs of the Times No. 54 - Jul 2014

The writer of some of the most significant spiritual biographies of recent decades has finally turned the spotlight on herself and provided us with, as she calls it, 'an experience of contemporary spiritual life' - a brave exposé of her own inner spiritual journeying and exploring which seems to have covered pretty much all of the huge variety of spiritual traditions and experiences which have been floating around the western world in the last 50 years.

Du Boulay was for 25 years a religious broadcaster for the BBC but later turned her attention to writing biographies of, among others, Desmond Tutu, Bede Griffiths, Teresa of Avila. But her motivation and inspiration always, it seems, came from her own fascination with and determination to experience for herself all that was around her – all that was being explored by others right from the early days when the 'melting pot' of spiritualities began to simmer during the early 60s.

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Your chance to influence the future of Modern Church

by Christine Alker
from Signs of the Times No. 54 - Jul 2014

The April mailing to members of Modern Church included an invitation to the Annual General Meeting.

On the reverse of that invitation was the opportunity to nominate someone, or offer yourself for nomination for places on the Modern Church Council. In case that piece of paper has slipped down behind the clock on the mantelpiece or ended up in the green/blue bin, this is a reminder of what it said and of the opportunities facing us.

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