A South West Day Conference, Saturday 15th October 2016 at Manvers Street Baptist Church, Bath
October 2017 brings the 500th anniversary of the nailing of Martin Luther’s 95 Theses to the Wittenberg church door. This event, although uncertain, and part of much wider unrest, is generally regarded as the beginning of a movement across the European churches that changed the face of Western Christianity for ever.
The future Church
We often ask ourselves: ‘Does the church have a future?’ The trouble with that question is that it is rooted in the baggage of the existing institution and hence it is a philosophically conservative question. Perhaps the liberal paradigm might cause us to ask a far more exciting one: ‘Does the future have a church?’
2017 Annual Conference of Modern Church
God: None, One, Three or Many?
10th-12th July 2017
at High Leigh Conference Centre, Hoddesdon, Herts.
What do we mean by the word ‘God’?
Or, for that matter, lower-case ‘god’ or ‘gods’?
A majority of people in Britain claim to believe in ‘God’, but is this ‘the Christian God’?
And what is ‘the Christian God’ anyway?
Language about or addressed to God should be derived from human experience, not just from men’s experience, argues Prof. Adrian Thatcher, a trustee of Modern Church, in a new Forewords booklet launched at our 2016 annual conference.
In the 36-page booklet, Gender Inclusive Language and Worship, Professor Thatcher advocates the use of language which does not privilege men over women, in Christian theology, hymnody, liturgy and prayer.
Gender-inclusive language recognizes that God is beyond the distinctions of sex - it differs from ‘gender-neutral’ language which avoids the use of personal pronouns such as 'he' and 'him', or 'she' and 'her'. Gender-inclusive language is personal language drawn from the whole range of human experience, including and especially women.
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