Modern Church Chair Jan van der Lely (r) with student helpers Carla, Lucinda & Rhiannon (l-r)
Modern Church held its Annual Conference, chaired by the Revd. Canon Professor Martyn Percy, from Monday 14th to Thursday 17th July 2014 at High Leigh Conference Centre. The conference focussed on the question of what it might mean to identify a ‘liberal’ approach to spirituality. With many in our world seeming to have lost interest in institutions, and weary with dogmatic arguments, is there a credible ‘liberal spirituality’ that is engaged with contemporary culture?
Modern Church is very pleased to announce that Professor Linda Woodhead has accepted their invitation to become the President of Modern Church in succession to Professor John Barton.
Professor Linda Woodhead MBE MA DD is Professor in the Sociology of Religion in the Department of Politics, Philosophy and Religion at the University of Lancaster. Her work explores the relationship between religious and social change worldwide and she is particularly interested in change from the 1980’s to the present.
Modern Church is the main proponent of liberal theology in the British churches.
• By ‘liberal theology’ we mean that religious beliefs can and should develop in the light of new insights.
• Divine revelation has not come to an end. God invites us to believe in ways appropriate to 21st Century.
• New ideas should be judged on their merits. They may be true today even if they have not been officially accepted by church leaders in the past.
Modern Church has been promoting liberal theology since 1898.
• a quarterly theological journal: Modern Believing, first published in 1911
• a quarterly members' newsletter: Signs of the Times
• an annual conference and other events featuring leading speakers in their fields
• Forewords booklets illustrating liberal approaches to theological topics
• letters, papers, articles and other publications in response to current events.
This page lists resources on this site about Modern Church. There is introductory information on the About pages.
• Modern Church and liberal theology by Jonathan Clatworthy, in Signs of The Times
• Editorial on the centenary of our journal Modern Believing by Paul Badham
• Eight page supplement on Modern Church, Church Times, 26th October 2007
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