Editorial by Anthony Woollard
from Signs of the Times No. 45 - Apr 2012
The main event in Modern Church's life over the past few weeks has been the residential Council meeting at Hinsley Hall in Leeds.
The Council draws together the Trustees with our distinguished President and Vice-Presidents and the rest of the 'electoral college' from which the Trustees are drawn. Thus, it assists the Trustees in taking into account the wisdom of a wide range of our members.
It is a tribute to this relative innovation of an annual residential meeting that the overwhelming majority of Council members, including the President and three Vice-Presidents, gave up 24 hours of their time to discuss the issues facing Modern Church. Two themes dominated. First, how to improve the quality and circulation of our learned journal Modern Believing; and, second, how to make our conferences, the other flagship of our activities, even more attractive.
A concern which emerged under both headings was the need to involve ordinands and other theological students more fully; and it appears likely that, in future, more free places at conferences will be offered to these (probably with older conference-goers being invited to contribute to bursaries) and also that some prizes might be offered for student essays published in Modern Believing. All this in order to build bridges with the academic world, not least the world of ordination training, and especially its younger representatives, who must be an important part of the future of Modern Church.
Alongside all of this, we continue to try to respond to events in a changing Church. Jean Mayland's article below reminds us that the Anglican Covenant, and the questions it raises, remains one of our preoccupations and will continue to be so until General Synod votes in the summer. We wrestle too alongside all those who struggle to believe authentically, and the little debate below on Creeds, and the article by Jonathan, are examples of that.