"Report of the Doctrine Commission of the General Synod of the Church of England".
Commission (1996-2003) chaired by the Rt. Rev. Stephen Sykes.
This report "addresses the fundamental questions of what it is to be a human being today. We live in a world in which issues of power, money, sex and time press upon us from all sides. Yet rarely does the Church seem to address these matters in ways that are theologically grounded and that relate to our practical, day-to-day concerns. .... The reader is encouraged to do three things: to reflect upon the Scriptures and upon a proper `wisdom' for our changing culture; to adopt attitudes which are consistent with Christian believing; to make choices in the light of what the Christian gospel has to say about these issues". -- back cover.
Contents: The Doctrine Commission 1996-2003 -- Preface -- Foreword -- Introduction -- Listening to Scripture -- Power -- Money -- Sex -- Time -- The wisdom of live -- Index of biblical references -- General index.
Colophon: Printed in England by The Cromwell Press Ltd, Trowbridge, Wiltshire.
"Edited by Dr. Percy Dearmer, Canon of Westminster".
"The issue, indeed, is simple. The motives and methods of human life are not sufficiently moralised: it was to moralise the machinery of production, to limit the power of selfishness, that Wilberforce and Shaftesbury were working a century ago; and the whole world now enjoys what Christians then won: but in many ways industry and business, and family life, and civic and political activity, need further moralisation. Money -- the necessary use of tokens of exchange -- has been overlooked in its moral aspect (in spite of what Christ said about it) .... And, alas, there was one aspect of human life which was not understood a hundred years ago; and to this our present miseries are mainly due. The very word 'international' had then only just been coined by Jeremy Bentham. The whole conception of moralising international relations was in its infancy. So the world went on to its doom. So, because the nations and their representatives have not yet learnt the elements of international behaviour, we stand at this moment of writing on the brink of irretrievable disaster. It is in a very real sense true that only Christ can save the world from ruin to-day. Are we prepared to let his spirit save the nations from themselves ?" -- Preface, p. 10-11.
Contents: Preface By the Editor / Percy Dearmer -- Introductory: "Christ or Chaos ?" -- 1. Vindication / E.A. Burroughs -- 2. The Demands of the Ordinary Man / Albert Mansbridge -- Part I: The Present Chaos -- 1. The Intellectual and Moral Confusion / W.R. Matthews -- 2. The Confusion in Literature / Richard Ellis Roberts -- 3. The Social and Economic Confusion / P.T.R. Kirk -- 4. The Confusion in International Relations / J. Howard B. Masterman -- Part II: What Christianity Is -- 1. The Secret of Christ / Charles E. Raven -- 2. Christ's Conception of the Kingdom of God / Arthur Herbert Gray -- 3. The Original Fellowship Idea of the Christian Church / Joseph Wellington Hunkin -- 4. The Christian View of Man as Social / S.J. Bezzant -- 5. Christianity and History: -- a) General Development / Malcolm Spencer -- b) Social Progress and the Continental Churches / A.E. Garvie -- c) The Stockholm Conference / G.K.A. Bell -- 6. Uniting the Christian Forces / Edward S. Woods -- 7. What the Church is Doing: Social Activities / S.E. Keeble -- Part III: The Christian Solution -- 1. Personal and Family Life / A.A. David -- 2. Education / Charles Grant Robertson -- 3. The Social and Economic Order -- a) The Basis of Exchange / Hewlett Johnson -- b) Civic and Industrial Reform / J. Morgan Rees -- c) Individual Function and the Community / E. C. Urwin -- d) Labour and Leisure / A. Maude Royden -- e) The Rebirth of the Village / W. Beach Thomas -- 4. The State and Constructive Citizenship / W.G.S. Adams -- 5. The World of International Affairs -- a) Christianity and the League of Nations / Lord Dickinson -- b) The Crisis and the East / J.B. Raju -- c) Disarmament / Cosmo Gordon Lang -- d) A Christian Peace Policy / E.N. Porter Goff -- 6. Is There an Alternative ? -- a) Scientific Humanism and Religions of Life / H.G. Wood -- b) Industrial Secularism / Maurice B. Reckitt -- c) Communist Secularism / Nicolai A. Berdiaeff -- 7. The Church in the World: Failures and Opportunities / F.R. Barry -- 8. The Conclusion of the Matter / William Temple -- Index.
Colophon: Printed in Great Britain by The Camelot Press Ltd., London and Southampton". -- verso of t.-p.
In July 2012 the Church of England General Synod passed a resolution which endorsed its "biggest change to mission policy in 50 years". "As laid out its report 'World-Shaped Mission, Exploring new frameworks for the Church of England in world mission', the C of E has rethought its working relationship with other churches of the Anglican Communion. It is asking its dioceses to commit to principles of partnership that encourage the continuation of a journey from former patterns of dependency and paternalism towards mutuality".
Zambian-born priest and Director for Mission for the Anglican Communion, John Kafwanka, stated that "'What has happened [across the Communion] is that money has too often been seen as the only resource. When we ask, "What does the church need ?" the answer has often been 'money'. Whoever had the money therefore had the power'. After the global economic downturn the answer to 'Who has the money ?' was not so always easy to answer. In 2009, John shocked a conference of Anglicans and Episcopalians of the Americas gathered in Costa Rica, by celebrating at least one aspect of the global financial crash. 'I told them this financial downturn that has happened in the West, with all its negative implications, is best for mission in the Anglican Communion because the church in the West are going to start to ask completely different questions now about relationships. 'If relationships had been more or less about money, and there's no more money, does that mean there are no more relationships ?"
The Mothers' Union is one Anglican mission agency which is living out the new paradigm in response to the financial crisis. Robert Dawes, regional development manager at the Mothers' Union (MU) global office in London, "said this new way of working is about unlocking potential. 'We knew we have four million members .. but how do you make it so each member counts ? And changes their own community ? If we can do that we can change the world".
Brazilian Paul Ueti, regional facilitator for Latin America and the Caribbean for the Anglican Alliance, Relief, Development and Advocacy, said "church projects still require funding, but that money 'is not suppose to be the basis for the relationship'. ... 'This model of partnership is very important because it helps the North to see people in the South differently because we do have capacities .. It helps the people from the South to see themselves as a valuable people, people with capacity. We are not just the objects of mission, but the subjects of the mission. We can do this together'."
"The Rev. John Kafwanka says such 'out of the box' thinking about mission will be increasingly welcome as financial resources continue to dwindle in the West. He suspects Western churches will increasingly look to successful examples of domestic mission in the South for solutions to challenges at home. 'There is recognition by the church in the West that it does not have the answer to every problem', he said. 'When you deal with that, you are moving toward where we should have been many years ago: relationships based on mutuality and collaboration, where churches can learn from each other and share gifts'."