Renewal & Reform is a deep-rooted approach to change in the
Church of England that must be based on a robust theological
understanding and so we have commissioned a number of theological
reflections which we will be publishing.
Each writer brings their own perspective and an independent mind.
We are confident that each piece will make a stimulating
contribution; we are equally confident that together they will help
us discern challenges, provide insights and commend ways of working
that will both shape what we do and how we do it as well as hold us
accountable for our future working.
A Future that's Bigger than the Past: Renewal and Reform in the
Church of England by Revd Canon Dr Sam Wells
This essay seeks to identify the unique character of the Church
of England and how it may fulfil its responsibilities and take its
opportunities in order to flourish in the 21st century.
'The task for the Church of England in the twenty-first
century is not to become Goliath again. It's to become David - the
David who had five smooth stones - but knew exactly how to use
them; the David people instantly called to mind when they
encountered the disarmed, disarming figure of Jesus.' [Read]
The Roots of Renewal and Reform by Revd Canon Jeremy
In the second of our essays exploring the
theology of Renewal & Reform the Revd Canon Jeremy
Worthen, Secretary for Ecumenical
Relations and Theology of the Council
for Christian Unity, digs deep into the roots of Renewal &
'So we know we're swimming against the tide when we seek to
think and act as the church, not just as individuals
trying to affect an institution. If we are going to avoid getting
dragged along by the current here, we will need a strong sense of
who we are as the church called to share in God's mission.'
Where is the theology by Revd Canon Jeremy Worthen
A lecture by the Revd Canon Jeremy Worthen on his
theological essay 'The Roots of Renewal & Reform,
delivered at Preston Minster on 1 December 2016 in the
Diocese of Blackburn.
'I first started to notice that question perhaps a decade
and a half ago, when I was on the staff at the South East Institute
for Theological Education and beginning to get drawn into
conversations about papers circulated to us from Church House in
London. I heard it asked more often, and with more frustration,
when I became the Principal and spent time regularly in the company
of my fellow Principals.' [Read]