Varieties of radicalism

Editorial by Anthony Woollard
from Signs of the Times No. 60 - Jan 2016

Is radicalism a good thing?  And what does it amount to anyway?

Many Modern Church members would want to espouse positions which to some worshippers would seem radical. These might include our use of language (especially inclusive language) in worship, or changes in our attitudes to authority in the Church - both these issues are addressed in this edition. But sometimes it is not clear who the real radicals are.

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How should we address God in public worship? Part 2

by Jean Mayland
from Signs of the Times No. 60 - Jan 2016 - Click here to read Part 1

Where, I have to confess, I would like to see movement in describing God as we pray, it is in the area of ‘motherly’ images.

I once had a Maltese friend who did not pray to God because He was fierce and angry. Jesus, she felt, was not to be trusted either!  So she prayed to Mary.

There are an increasing number of us who, while not wishing to do that, would be happy with some feminine, inclusive or motherly images of God.

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What’s in a name?

Lorraine Cavanagh responds to How should we address God in public worship? Part one by Jean Mayland in Signs of the Times No. 59 - Oct 2015
from Signs of the Times No. 60 - Jan 2016

It is a pleasure and a privilege to act on Jean Mayland’s invitation by responding to her article in the October issue of ‘Signs’.

She is understandably wary of what she perceives as a liturgical drift towards an exclusive (and excluding) Jesus worship in contemporary liturgy, although it has to be said that the churches most inclined to Jesus worship are, on the whole, non-liturgical in any formal sense.

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Calling time on titles

by Will Baynes
from Signs of the Times No. 60 - Jan 2016

I was talking to an associate the other day about the humility of the Church of England. I had to overcome some barriers to understanding because my associate labours under certain disadvantages (I believe it is unfashionable to call them handicaps.)

First is youth; he is in his 30s. Then he only has a doctorate in something religious and obscure from Dunelm, and finally he is from Italy.

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A year of being a widower

by Richard Darlington
from Signs of the Times No. 60 - Jan 2016

It is now more than a year since my wife, Elizabeth Darlington, died and I would like to share how the experience has been for me.

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