"I want to present for discussion two theories that might help promote the aims of the Mothers' Union to encourage parents to bring up their children in the Church and to promote conditions in society favourable to stable family life and the protection of children. The first is that, for Christians, `the family' is a central concept, but we might not be using the word in the way it is generally used. And the second is that it is not the job of the family to sustain and reform society, but society's job to sustain and reform the family". "Our Western society has put intolerable pressures on the family by assuming that it should be all-sufficient and that it should be the basic carrier of Christianity, and Christians have sometimes made it worse by reading the Bible for signs that the family is at the heart of God's work in the world, and ignoring all the evidence that, as far as the Bible is concerned, it is actually the whole people of God who are responsible for carrying God's meaning to the world, not the family alone."
Abridged text of the Mothers' Union Mary Sumner Lecture : The International Year of the Family, Tuesday 11 May 2004. Full text is available from the Mothers' Union website: www.themothersuion.org
"One of the topics on the Agenda for the ninth Lambeth Conference being held in 1958 is `The Family in Modern Society'. The Church of England Moral Welfare Council was asked by the Archbishop of Canterbury to prepare a report on this topic for the use of the Lambeth Conference. The Moral Welfare Council, in turn, contacted all of the Ecclesiastical Provinces in the Anglican Communion asking to be kept informed of any studies made concerning this subject. It was emphasized that two special concerns were Overpopulation and the Impact of Industrialization upon Family Life. At the request of the Primate, the General Secretary prepared a summary of factual information concerning the Canadian family for the consideration of the Canadian Bishops. This paper was read at the meeting of the House of Bishops in 1957 and at the request of the C.S.S. Executive and with the consent of the Primate is published in this Bulletin. The S.P.C.K. has published the Report of the special committee convened by the Moral Welfare Council, together with the Reports received from overseas, in `The Family in Contemporary Society'. The Canadian material is included in the publication and is reproduced in this issue of The Bulletin with the permission of the S.P.C.K." -- Foreword.
Contents: Foreword / Leonard F. Hatfield -- The Canadian Family, 1957 -- Bibliography -- An Extract from the Encyclical Letter, Lambeth 1958 -- Some Books in the C.S.S. Library on the Family.
Articles describes a typical Messy Church afternoon at Ladygrove Messy Church on the Ladygrove Estate in Didcot, Oxfordshire, with families welcomed by the Rev. Hugh Boorman. "The Messy Church concept is a way of 'being church' for families, involving fun, according to the Bible Reading Fellowship (BRF), which provides the staff and infrastructure to enable Messy Church to grow. Its core values are being Christ-centred for all ages. A typical Messy Church has elements that include a relaxed welcome time with drinks and snacks, an activity-based learning slot -- including Bible-themed crafts, games and prayers. It culminates with a short celebration -- story, song and prayer -- and then a sit-down meal for everyone. There's no entrance fee, just a small donation if people want. The first Messy Church was started in 2004 by Lucy Moore and a team at St. Wilfrid's Church, Cowplain, Portsmouth (where her husband is minister). In April Cowplain celebrated its 10th birthday". "Messy Church is showing it is robust enough to work across many different environments, from shopping malls and local care homes to inner city community centres and cathedrals. It has been embraced enthusiastically overseas -- by Australia and New Zealand, Bermuda, Denmark, South Africa, the Falklands, the US and Canada, to name but a few. Latvia is the most recent addition".
"[B]y Fenton Morley, Education Secretary, Overseas Council of the Church Assembly".
"This Syllabus is based upon the main themes of the addresses and discussions at the Anglican Congress in Minneapolis and the World Council of Churches' Assembly at Evanston, the full reports of which should be studied. It is intended for use in Missionary Education and in the general field of religious education". -- p. .
Contents: Membership and Mission -- Membership of the Anglican Communion -- The Mission of the Church in the Nation and Community -- The Mission of the Church in Evangelism -- The Mission and the Family -- The Mission and the Parish -- Appendix: The Minneapolis Message.
Each section ends with "Questions for Group Discussion".
Colophon: 1955, Published for the Overseas Council of the Church Assembly by the Church Information Board, Church House, Westminster, S.W. 1.
"First published in 1958 by S.P.C.K., Holy Trinity Church, Marylebon Road, London N.W.1. Printed in Great Britain by The Talbot Press (S.P.C.K.), Saffron Walden, Essex. Copyright The Trustees of the Society for Promoting Christian Knowledge". -- verso of t.-p.
Includes bibliographical references.
Report of a group chaired by the Rev. Canon M.A.C. Warren.
"The Report has been prepared by a Group convened by the Church of England Moral Welfare Council at the behest of the Archbishop of Canterbury. The Group met for four whole days, and the theological members for two days more; there were other consultations between members, and an extensive exchange of papers. The signed Report is unanimous. The papers in Appendix 1 were prepared for the use of the Group .... Members of the Group are greatly indebted to Dr. Gertrude Willoughby for Chapters 1 to 8 in Appendix 1, the drafting of which involved a great deal of work in a very short time. Appendix 2 was prepared by the Department of Christian Social Relations of the Protestant Episcopal Church of the U.S.A., at the request of the Presiding Bishop .... The first draft of the manuscript was written by Mrs. Muriel S. Webb, on the basis of consultations .... Appendix 3 was prepared by the Department of Christian Social Service of the Anglican Church of Canada. Appendix 4 is a Report prepared by a Special Committee appointed by the Metropolitan of the Church of India, Burma, Pakistan, and Ceylon, as requested by the Episcopal Synod of that Church. All the above material has been prepared for the use of the Lambeth Conference, 1958". -- Note, p. vii.
"Our subject was given to us with two sub-titles: 'The Family in Contemporary Society: (a) Problems of Population; (b) Effects of Rapid Social Change on Family Life'. It became clear to us in discussion that the sub-sections are not separable: the demographic factor -- that is, the number and density of population, and its distribution by age and sex -- is one of the essential determinants of economic and social conditions; demographic change necessarily involves economic and social changes, and economic and social changes are never unrelated to the population structure. The family in involved at every point, casually in creating (or arresting) the population change, consequentially in the economic and social changes which follow". -- The Report, pp. 1-2.
Contents: Note -- Members of the Group Convened at the Behest of the Archbishop of Canterbury -- The Report -- Appendix 1: An Assessment and Theological Consideration of the Facts Upon Which the Report is Based -- Appendix 2: The Family in the United States -- Appendix 3: The Family and Modern Society in Canada, 1957 -- Appendix 4: Family Planning in India.
Report section divided into sub-sections: Introduction -- Population -- Economic and Industrial Development -- The Reduction of Mortality -- Family Planning -- Social Change -- Related Questions of Church Discipline.
Contents of Appendix 1:An Assessment and Theological Consideration of the Facts Upon Which the Report is Based: Introductory Survey: The Inter-relation of Population, Resources, and Urbanization -- India -- The West Indies and Mauritius -- Africa -- Egypt and the Middle East -- Europe and Great Britain -- Family Planning Policies -- Some Theological Considerations -- An Essay in Crusoe Economics.
Contents of Appendix 2: The Family in the United States: Changed Function of the Home -- Social and Economic Trends affecting the Family -- Emerging Family Patterns -- Current Problems in American Family Life -- The Status of the Church in Relation to the American Family -- Addendum: Some Theological Questions.
Contents of Appendix 3: The Family and Modern Society in Canada, 1957: Population Trends -- Industrialization and the Family -- Bibliography.
Contents of Appendix 4: Family Planning in India: The Rate of Increase in the Population -- Christian Marriage -- Practical Recommendations.
"In God's family, there are no outsiders, no enemies. Black and white, rich and poor, gay and straight -- all belong. When we start to live as brothers and sisters and to recognise our interdependence, we become fully human. Our world is facing many problems: poverty, HIV and AIDS (a devastating pandemic), environmental threat and war. God must be weeping looking at some of the atrocities that we commit against one another. In the face of all of that, our church, especially the Anglican church at this time, is almost obsessed with questions of human sexuality. Yet there are so many issues crying out for concern and application by the church of its resources. .... I beg all church members, in our Lord's name, agree to disagree, but do all this as members of one family". -- Preface.
"Pick up a newspaper, switch on the TV or log in to the Internet these days and it won't take you long to discover an argument involving religion. One of the most unpleasant, at least in terms of its overheated rhetoric and the personal acrimony it has occasioned, has been the long-running dispute within global Anglicanism -- and many other Christian confessions, too -- over sexuality, authority and the interpretations of the Bible. .... This collection of essays aims to probe behind and around these 'Anglican wars', not because this particular church deserves attention above others, but because the issues involved illustrate some important fault lines in Christianity as it enters an era which many of us in the West are calling, for want of a better term, 'post-Christendom'." -- Intro., p. 1.
Contents divided into five main parts: Part One: Inspiring -- Part Two: Questioning -- Part Three: Hoping -- Part Four: Learning -- Part Five: Changing.
Contents: Acknowledgements -- Preface dated 28 May 2008 / Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu -- Introduction: Fear or freedom ? dated Pentecost 2008 / Simon Barrow -- How Christianity can kill or cure / Simon Barrow -- Choosing to be a house or a ship / Glynn Cardy -- Opening ourselves to wisdom / Savi Hensman -- Why do these Christians hate one another / Simon Barrow -- Is our lack of integrity losing the young ? / Tim Nafziger -- What does it mean to be hospitable ? / Deirdre Good -- Being church in the freedom of God / Savi Hensman -- Jesus and the transformation of family / Deirdre Good -- Sexuality as an ecumenical challenge / Simon Barrow -- In search of textual healing / Chris Rowland -- Listening and learning scripturally / Savi Hensman -- Will Rowan Williams rescue us from idiocy ? / Simon Barrow -- The God who meets us in the flesh / David Wood -- Being consumed again by love / Simon Barrow -- Reconverting the church / Jonathan Bartley -- Notes on contributors -- Further reading -- Online resources -- About Ekklesia -- About Shoving Leopard -- [Book Advertisements].