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MODERN CHURCH - ADMINISTRATOR + FINANCE OFFICER WANTED

MODERN CHURCH - ADMINISTRATOR + FINANCE OFFICER WANTED

Applications are invited for the newly created post of Administrator + Finance Officer.

The role involves general administration responsibilities covering all aspects of MC’s work, including support of the Chair and Trustees, the General Secretary and the membership of the organisation. The charity arranges an annual conference and an annual residential Council meeting and the Administrator has an important role in these. Along with the General Secretary, the Communications Officer, the Editors for the journal Modern Believing and magazine Signs of the Times, the Administrator occupies a key position promoting the objects of the charity.

Please request a Job Description and Person Specification for more details.

The appointment will begin on 1st June 2021.

The hours are approx. 12 hours a week, with attendance at the annual conference and trustee meetings as part of the role. This is a paid position and the salary is in line with rates paid commercially.

https://modernchurch.org.uk/administrator-finance-officer-wanted »

Holy relic: what will be left of the Church of England after the pandemic?

Holy relic: what will be left of the Church of England after the pandemic?

Even committed churchgoers like me feel almost ready to walk away.

A clergyman admitted to me that he’d recently burst into tears. He’d received an email from his diocese in this latest lockdown ‘strongly urging’ vicars to close their churches. He has an elderly working-class congregation in a poor area. Coming to church was ‘the one thing keeping them going’. Local vicars like him represent the best of the Church of England. They are loving, kind, and they know their flock.

Before the pandemic, the C of E had seen attendance halve in a generation. Weekly religious attendance is highest among non-Christian faiths (40 per cent), followed by Roman Catholics (23 per cent) and all other Christian denominations (23 per cent). Anglicans are much less likely to attend weekly (9 per cent), or at all — 57 per cent say they go to church ‘never or practically never’.

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Northern Irish victims call for their own Catholic baby homes investigation: by Sahm Venter

Northern Irish victims call for their own Catholic baby homes investigation: by Sahm Venter

that was the last I'd seen of him for 40 years

KILLYLEAGH, NORTHERN IRELAND — The young mother wrapped her baby son in a shawl and carefully pushed a letter to his adoptive parents into a bag stuffed with toys, sweaters and other clothes.

"I lifted him from the nursery, walked up the corridor and handed him to a nun and that was the last I'd seen of him for 40 years," said Adele, who asked to use a pseudonym because of the sensitive nature of her story.

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‘I only know one god – and that’s me’: non-believers on the meaning of life

‘I only know one god – and that’s me’: non-believers on the meaning of life

Around the world, growing numbers of people are rejecting traditional faiths and choosing their own spiritual path. Eight atheists and agnostics open up

Interesting Guardian article explores approaches to meaning of life....

Religion may once have been the opium of the people, but in large swaths of the world the masses have kicked the habit. In countries once dominated by churches characterised by patriarchy, ritual and hierarchy, the pews have emptied and people have found other sources of solace, spirituality and morality.

https://www.theguardian.com/gl...

PCN Britain Chair reflects on ‘Living in Love and Faith’

PCN Britain Chair reflects on ‘Living in Love and Faith’

So what do we make of this latest resource and the reactions to it?

hree years ago, the General Synod of the Church of England set up yet another process of consultation and debate about sex and relationships under the title of ‘Living in Love and Faith’, with the stated intention ‘that the resources make connections with the questions, faith stories, views and experiences of people who span a range of ages, ethnicities, theological convictions, sexualities and genders’. Now the report, which is actually a book running to 468 pages, plus digital resources and a course book, has been published and commended to the parishes of the Church of England for study, reflection and a way forward. So what do we make of this latest resource and the reactions to it?

‘Living in Love and Faith’ should be seen as the Church of England addressing its own people – churchgoers across the parishes of England. The book chronicles the many Church reports on sex, marriage and relationships over the years and the archbishops once again see their vision as keeping the church in graceful union despite and cutting through the disagreements. Those of us who hold a more progressive faith can at least be heartened by the way in which Living in Love and Faith tries openly and honestly to outline in some detail the contexts of societal, scientific and cultural influences. Part Two asks us to pay attention to ‘what is going on’. For churchgoers seeking to make sense of these matters in the context of faith, Part Four seeks to look at different ways in which we handle biblical texts and how we assess the Bible’s authority. Similarly how do we evaluate the church, the surrounding culture, our experiences and conscience?

Living in Love and Faith asks 585 questions, more than one a page. In the sections entitled ‘Encounters’, true life stories are told without comment. Different perspectives on all these sensitive issues are handled with clarity and respect. There are many pages of useful factual information , gleaned from secular sources such as British Attitude Surveys, government departments, alongside numerous church reports and commissions. All in all, the book is clear about the disagreements over matters of sex and relationships, both from a very conservative viewpoint right through to progressive folk like myself and many PCN members. The book inevitably reflects the broadness of the Church of England and its range of views over these matters.

Iona and Camas: are recruiting!

Iona and Camas: are recruiting!

The Iona Community is recruiting now for its residential staff teams.

Are you looking for an alternative, counter cultural and spiritually challenging way to live and work? The Iona Community is recruiting now for its residential staff teams on the islands of Iona and Mull to re-open our island centres in 2021 and, through our Unlocked programme, find ways to support those particularly who have been affected most by lockdown.

IONA: – Administrator, Deputy Housekeeper, Programme Manager, Musician, Sacristan

CAMAS: – Camas Activities Worker

A 'time of crisis' for Poland's Catholic Church:  Donald Snyder writing in National Catholic Reporter Jan 15, 2021

A 'time of crisis' for Poland's Catholic Church: Donald Snyder writing in National Catholic Reporter Jan 15, 2021

It was a gloomy forecast for the Polish Catholic Church.

"I say it's a dark night for the church," said Zbigniew Nosowski, one of Poland’s prominent intellectuals. "It is a difficult time of crisis."

Nosowski, a sociologist and journalist, is editor-in-chief of Wiez (Bond), a scholarly quarterly. Speaking in a phone interview, he said that there is widespread dissatisfaction with the hierarchy of the church and its unwavering embrace of the right-wing authoritarian ruling party, Law and Justice, led by Jaroslaw Kaczynski.

liberal Christians: is this their moment? Guardian editorial

liberal Christians: is this their moment? Guardian editorial

The election of practising Catholic Joe Biden is just one reason for religious progressives to be hopeful

A liberal Catholic

The election to the White House of Joe Biden, a Democrat who is also a practising Catholic, is the best news liberal Christians have had for a long time. In a book published last month, the conservative Australian cardinal George Pell said Mr Trump was “a bit of a barbarian, but in some important ways he’s ‘our’ (Christian) barbarian”. The end of that cynically transactional relationship between Mr Trump’s White House and the religious right signals new possibilities. In his victory speech, Mr Biden quoted from Ecclesiastes, saying that for a divided America, “it was a time to heal”. When he has discussed his faith, the president-elect has tended to talk about altruism, decency and personal integrity, steering clear of provocative dividing lines.

Kent bishops call on Government to intervene in Dover

Kent bishops call on Government to intervene in Dover

"this is a national issue and the government needs to intervene decisively"

THE Archbishop of Canterbury and other bishops in Kent have called on the Government to “intervene decisively” to resolve the situation in Dover, where more than 2800 lorries are queuing to enter the port and the Channel Tunnel.

Lorries have been stranded in Dover since Sunday, when France closed its border with the UK to try to prevent the spread of a new strain of the coronavirus to mainland Europe.

News & events from the Open Table Network of LGBTQIA+

News & events from the Open Table Network of LGBTQIA+

The church, the body of Christ, is always birthed and re-birthed at the margin

Dear friends, on behalf of the Open Table Network trustees and patrons, I wish you peace and rest, comfort and joy this Christmas.

'The church, the body of Christ, is always birthed and re-birthed at the margins. Open Table is one of those new births, where the spirit of God breathes a new community into life and watches it as it starts to grow.'

These are the words of the Rector of the parish where the first Open Table began in Liverpool in 2008.

'Horror’ that abusive priest allowed back into schools ; by Catherine Pepinster

'Horror’ that abusive priest allowed back into schools ; by Catherine Pepinster

Devastated head teachers, teachers and other education experts have spoken of their anger

Devastated head teachers, teachers and other education experts have spoken of their anger regarding the Catholic Church’s handling of the case of Fr Joseph Quigley, an authority and adviser to bishops on Catholic education, who has been convicted of child sex abuse.

Quigley, 56, was found guilty on December 3 at Warwick Crown Court of physical and sexual abuse – but 12 years after Birmingham archdiocese, when it was led by Archbishop Vincent Nichols, first learned of his abuse and did not immediately report Quigley to the police.

Church leaders ‘gravely concerned’ about household debt

Church leaders ‘gravely concerned’ about household debt

ALMOST 500 church leaders in Britain have written a joint letter to the Chancellor of the Exchequer

ALMOST 500 church leaders in Britain have written a joint letter to the Chancellor of the Exchequer, Rishi Sunak, to say they are “gravely concerned” about the growing crisis of household debt that millions of families are facing this Christmas, writes Ellen Teague.

“We have heard countless stories from people who have faced awful choices, such as between affording food or falling behind on rent,” says the letter of 3 December. “Many of our churches have been on the front line of providing food and essentials, and hundreds of churches provide debt advice for those at risk.”

Replacing the Clergy Discipline Measure

Replacing the Clergy Discipline Measure

a risk of sub-optimal proposals going to General Synod in February

Lambeth working group - urgent consultations

The Lambeth Working Group led by Bishop Tim Thornton published its proposals on Friday for replacing the CDM. The Zoom consultation meetings start this Wednesday and the deadline for responses is 20th December. This is clearly not ideal timing for clergy.

If you cannot reasonably digest and comment on the material in this timescale and/or take part in the Zoom consultations we recommend that you indicate the need for more time by

1. Posting in this thread on the Hub and/or

2. emailing Adam Hobson direct at adam.hobson@lambethpalace.org.uk

Hunger Free Future - Trussell Trust

Hunger Free Future - Trussell Trust

working towards ending the causes of destitution

All of the work that we did together on #5WeeksTooLong led to some really important changes. However, there are still many things that we can do to improve not only UC but other benefits and legislations that are pushing people into destitution.

We are working towards ending the causes of destitution so that we can end the need the for food banks. It is a man-made problem, so it can be fixed.

Manchester Diocese : Ecclesial Northern Powerhouse?

Manchester Diocese : Ecclesial Northern Powerhouse?

Diocese creates vacancies for seven area deans - Manchester vision

Is God calling you to be part of the re-imagination and transformation of the church in Manchester?

The Bishop of Manchester is looking for seven (yes seven!) new full time Area Deans. They will be collaborative and creative priests with a genuine passion for mission. Come and join us to play a significant part in our exciting transformation in the Diocese of Manchester, following the decision to create seven new deaneries out of the 20 current deaneries.

A Time of Waiting

A Time of Waiting

This season of Advent offers the chance in whatever small ways are possible, to be still, learn, reflect, take stock

For every person and every family the coronavirus pandemic has brought different challenges, heartaches, sorrows, frustrations and worries. So many people have lost loved ones or suffered long term health problems. Millions will soon be unemployed and the gross inequalities in our society have been more exposed than ever.

How long must this go on for? When will it all end? We wait anxiously for the vaccines to be rolled out. We will wait for some signs of economic recovery in the years ahead. We wait for better times. We look back to life as it was back in February, when we shopped, went out with friends, enjoyed a holiday, felt secure in our job. ‘By the waters of Babylon, we wept when we remembered Zion’, cried the people of Israel in exile.

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