On being good disciples

Editorial by Anthony Woollard
from Signs of the Times  No. 58 - Jul 2015

Some of you will be reading this amidst the interfaith fellowship of our Annual Conference. In that context, it might seem rather odd to be reflecting on the debate in the Church of England about (specifically Christian) 'discipleship'. But it may be all the more important to do so.

'Discipleship' has become very much a buzz word over the last few months. Our Archbishop has spoken about it in the context of evangelism. General Synod has debated it amongst several reports about the future management of the church (the Reform and Renewal programme). There has been criticism in these pages, on the Modern Church blog and elsewhere about that programme. Some of this has focused on the emphasis on discipleship.

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The Church of England: 'a community of missionary disciples'?

by Ian Duffield
from Signs of the Times  No. 58 - Jul 2015

The re-branding of the Church of England through the so-called 'Reform and Renewal' programme (see my article in Signs of the Times, April 2015) is highlighted by the campaign to adopt the language of 'disciple', 'discipleship', and 'a community of missionary disciples'.

Despite linguistic ties, this is an odd hybrid family of terms as can be seen from their provenance:

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Christian disagreement

by Guy Elsmore
from Signs of the Times  No. 58 - Jul 2015

Browsing the website of Reform recently, I came across an article by Susie Leafe, originally published in the Church of England Newspaper.

In the article 'What is meant by Good Disagreement', Leafe challenges the moves the Church is currently making toward the goal of 'Good Disagreement' on the issue of human sexuality. Surely, she argues, we should be seeking agreement, rather than disagreement, truth, rather than more Anglican fudge.

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Charlie Hebdo and religious resistance to fundamentalism

by Keith Trivasse
from Signs of the Times  No. 58 - Jul 2015

Between 7th and 9th January 2015, Parisians witnessed an attack upon the offices of the satirical magazine, Charlie Hebdo and attacks upon two Jewish establishments; seventeen died, including ten journalists, two police officers, one a Muslim, a member of the Jewish community, and three gunmen. The gunmen were Muslims.

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Maybe we're missing something

by Richard Bending
from Signs of the Times  No. 58 - Jul 2015
A comment on Merryn Hellier's article, 'Are we asking the right questions', April 2015

To say that I enjoyed Merryn Hellier's article would be true, but less than the whole truth.

I agreed with it; I found her quotations from Voices from the Margin (ed R. S. Sugirtharajah) moving; I was angry with the western Church (including myself as an Anglican priest) for so distorting Jesus' message to the world. I was also grateful for the freshness of vision of the people she quoted.

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