IN RESPONSE to a letter signed by almost 100 Evangelical Anglicans to the College of Bishops reported in the Church Times on 14th October 2016, prior to their next meeting to decide what proposals to bring to General Synod in February following the Shared Conversations on Scripture, Mission and Human Sexuality in the Church of England, Modern Church has issued the following statement:
We do not consider it helpful to rehearse, yet again, the biblical and theological reasons for honouring the decisions taken by lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) people in regard to their choice of a life partner. The subject is, as the writer of the letter says, merely a ‘presenting issue’. We would argue instead that it is what lies beneath this presenting issue which is of infinite importance to the life of the Church at this critical time.
The trustees of Modern Church, the international society promoting liberal Christian theology, have appointed an acting General Secretary to help steer the organisation over the next nine months following the promotion of their current General Secretary to a senior role in the Church of England.
In May 2016, Modern Church’s General Secretary, Revd Guy Elsmore, was appointed to the role of Archdeacon of Buckingham in the Diocese of Oxford. On taking up this position in July 2016, Guy recognised that he is no longer able to give the time that the role of General Secretary of Modern Church needs.
Modern Believing is the journal of Modern Church. It publishes articles in theology and related disciplines to promote theological liberalism.
Published quarterly by Liverpool University Press and indexed in the ATLA religion database.
Editor: Revd Dr Steven Shakespeare
Reviews Editor: Revd Dr Michael Brierley
Assistant Editor: Revd Anthony Freeman
Vol 57:3 July 2016 - Guest Editor: Marika Rose
Radical theologies: Why philosophers can’t leave Christianity alone
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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