Inclusive Church Blog

11/27/2020
  Book Review: I’m Still Here: Black Dignity in a World Made for Whiteness by Austin Channing Brown   Austin Channing Brown’s engaging and eminently readable book describes growing up, coming of age and how she developed her own capacities for survival as a Black Christian American woman.  Austin...
11/20/2020
  “I suppose the pleasure of country life lies really in the eternally renewed evidences of the determination to live. “ Vita Sackville-West “Paradoxically, city people are the ones who praise the charms of country life. Exhausted by the busy and noisy city, they idealize the green tranquillity of...
11/20/2020
Photo of young people at the baptism of an infant.
  My name is Judith and I'm conducting some PhD research around how a new generation of Christians formulate their sexual ethics. I don’t just mean “young Christians” - I think that there is a new sort of Christian emerging, all across the world. These Christians can be found across denominations,...
10/29/2020
  This most compelling book is about the evolution and identity of the Nazareth Community at St Martin-in-the-Fields, London. Rev Richard Carter serves as an NSM there, among immigrants, the desperate, homeless, and broken. It is lived experience and practice within fully inclusive communities....
10/29/2020
  'With the pandemic heightening an already divided and unequal society, what lessons can people of faith learn to enable us to build a more inclusive church?' My friend Anna send me a text message back in May saying that her friend and fellow midwife had died. She was only 29 and Anna was...
09/23/2020
  Below, June answers questions which she didn't have time for on the evening of the annual lecture. If you want to watch the lecture again, click here.   Where can I get a music thing like the lantern shape music instrument? Sounds heavenly... looks gorgeous... loving the stories and song... These...
07/30/2020
  The short reflection following on below was written in 2015. I went to my archives and re–read it after the recent Chichester Episcopal Ordinations (July 2020), where the similar process as in 2015 of separate consecrations took place to avoid hands being laid on the prospective male bishop by a...
07/08/2020
  Sermon for Sunday 5th July 2020, on the lectionary reading Psalm 145 Thank you for welcoming me to your church this Sunday. It’s still your church, even if it’s via Zoom! It will be an interesting exercise for all churches to see what is worth keeping of this brave new online world and what is...
06/19/2020
  You had me at the introduction. It doesn’t quite have the rom-com ring to it that Renee Zellweger mustered in the original quote from the film Jerry Maguire ("You had me at hello")! But that’s the kind of intensity with which I love this book. And, in truth and in shame, I probably wouldn’t have...
04/23/2020
Cristo Negro (Black Christ) - Iglesia de San Filipe - Portobelo, Panama   Genesis 1.27 “So God created humankind in his image, in the image of God he created them.” John 14.9 “Whoever has seen me has seen the Father.”   What does your God look like? I suspect that for many of us, God looks either a...

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