Inside the Anglican world

Inside the Anglican world

Oxford History of Anglicanism, Volume V, Global Anglicanism c1910 – 2000 William Sachs (ed) OUP, hb, £95.00   It is appropriate that the final volume of a history of Anglicanism looks at mission and church life outside the West. By the end of the 20th century Anglicanism had become a global church, smaller in numbers […]

Uniting mothers across the globe

Uniting mothers across the globe

Anglican Life Mothers’ Union   By Sophia Jones   With Christmas a distant memory, Mothers’ Union has been busy creating resources for churches and communities that support family and community life. Most recently for its Stories on the Street process and Mothering Sunday. Mothering Sunday (11 March) is a flagship day for the 140-year-old movement […]

A father-and-son joint team explore how clergy and church leaders can cope with

A father-and-son joint team explore how clergy and church leaders can cope with

Never-ending expectations by Peter Shaw and Graham Shaw Expectations are an unavoidable fact of life. Having clear, agreed expectations is helpful. The problem comes when expectations are unclear, overbearing and never-ending. Living with a variety of expectations is part of daily life. They may be simple expectations, such as the expectation that a chair will hold […]

Theology, systematic style

Theology, systematic style

Hope and Community Veli-Matti Kärkkäinen Eerdmans, pb, £41.99   Since 2013 Veli-Matti Kärkkäinen has been publishing a volume each year of his ‘constructive Christian theology for the pluralist world’. With the fifth volume, ‘Hope and Community’ which is in two parts, the first dealing with eschatology and the second with ecclesiology, he brings the series […]

Lent book tells of hope found in prisons

Lent book tells of hope found in prisons

More than 14,000 copies of a new Lent book have already been ordered by Prison Chaplains to give away to inmates this year. 40 Stories of Hope’ brings together the stories of 40 prisoners, ex-prisoners and chaplains. It has been published by HOPE in partnership with CWR, for churches and prisons to use. Each faith-inspiring […]

A year of differences in the Church at home and abroad

A year of differences in the Church at home and abroad

The year started with a message from the Archbishop of Canterbury telling Britons to reconcile their differences after the Brexit Referendum, a theme that would continue for the rest of the year. Meanwhile charities such as Christian Aid urged the UK government to step up their diplomatic engagement in Syria. Also in January, Bishop Michael […]

The pick of the new Christian books

The pick of the new Christian books

Henry Chadwick was a giant among 20th Century Anglican theologians, noted particularly for his knowledge of the early church. Eerdmans have issued a volume of his Selected Writings, edited by William Rusch and with a foreword by Rowan Williams. Included are essays on Episcopacy and Ministry, Council of Nicaea, the Chalcedonian definition, Augustine, and the […]

A misshapen marrow gives pause for thought

A misshapen marrow gives pause for thought

Rev Steve Morris I really love the fact that we have horticultural shows at St Cuthbert’s, North Wembley. They are old-school and when I go along I think about all the vicars in churches up and down the land who have attended such events over the years. This year I actually put in an exhibit […]