We're delighted to hear that Modern Church vice president Martyn Percy is to be reinstated as Dean of Christ Church, Oxford.
A statement has been posted on the website of Christ Church announcing his reinstatement following a tribunal hearing in June:
Modern Church has been a membership organisation since it began in 1898. After 120 years we are offering a new way of being a part of the wider Modern Church network and supporting the work of bringing progressive thought to more people.
From this summer churches and individuals can become Affiliates of Modern Church. Affiliates will receive a printed copy our revamped quarterly publication ‘Signs of the Times’ (churches affiliating will receive 5 copies to use as they like). Affiliates will also have access to all our online resources, our e-newsletter, access to local/regional meetings and conferences, and are eligible for a discounted rate for our annual. Churches affiliating can also use the Modern Church logo on their online and printed material.
In February 2014 local churches responded positively to the collapse of the sea wall at Dawlish in Devon, which saw the rail line severed and people evacuated from their homes because of wave damage.
At the same time villagers living on the Somerset levels also had to abandon their houses for fear of flood defences being overwhelmed.
But both these UK examples of the consequences of extreme weather conditions pale into insignificance compared with the recent destruction prompted by Cyclone Idai in eastern Africa, or the ongoing droughts of northern China or Australia.
A joint day conference with St Bride's Liverpool exploring Liberal Evanglism was fully booked out. If you'd like to catch up on the speakers, watch our videos below.