Recent changes in the law have had the stated aim of ‘extending’ marriage, as previously defined to be between one man and one women, to include two people of the same sex. But does this extend marriage or redefine it? And do we have a consistent understanding of marriage in the first place? This careful study teases out the issues and implications of this change and its ethical consequences.
This booklet takes a look at how Holy Communion is distributed, with the aim of encouraging churches to train a suitable number of people to distribute communion both inside and outside the building, using the opportunity to heighten their theological and liturgical knowledge, and to enable them to use their pastoral skills in an effective encounter with members of the congregation. Questions are provided to share as part of a training course, and there is a page on communion at home.
What is it like for a Muslim or a Sikh or a Hindu to go to a Christian school? What about welcoming those who declare themselves to be atheists but nevertheless wish to be educated in an Anglican setting? How can a Christian school remain authentically Christian but at the same time welcome those who do not profess Christian faith? This booklet explores these questions, and suggests appropriate strategies for response.
The Bible tells a story of young people answering God’s call, reflecting something of his character as they act as agents of creative change. This booklet makes a compelling case for fresh and more honest ways of working with young people, and calls for an understanding of the young that is both biblically rooted and follows the very passion of God.
This encouraging study explores the theme of morale both in 2 Corinthians and in the experience of 21st-century church leaders, and sets out a series of practical insights from St Paul that can help us to stay positive, motivated and in good heart.