The Plague and the Parish
Pope Francis said last year that we are not living through an era of change but a change of era. We are entering a new chapter in the history of the world, and of the church. Naturally, people are asking “how should the church respond?”
But if we are to act effectively and faithfully it is vital to understand what is taking place and how it is different from what went before. To address this, we have been working in partnership with our friends at the Journal of Missional Practice (JMP) and the Common Good Foundation.
We continue to have generative conversations following our webinar Preparing for a New Chapter: Revitalising the Christian Imagination for the Sake of the Common Good. We were overwhelmed by the response, and the comments we received have shaped our thinking. Our partnership has been filled with energy and generosity: this was an important place to begin and our conversation continues.
So we invite you to listen in, engage and join with us. As a starting place we offer you this letter, The Plague and the Parish: An Invitation to the Churches. It is a call for the church to renew its vocation as a sign and foretaste of the kingdom of God. Read, listen and consider this call. Share with us what you are hearing. What questions does this invitation raise? We want to hear from you.
Download the letter here. Listen via the link below, or watch the video.
We would love to hear your response. Our colleague Annette McBride has kindly offered to be the point of contact on a pro bono basis, so please send your responses to her at firstname.lastname@example.org. We look forward to hearing from you.
This invitation comes out of a series of trans-Atlantic conversations between Alan Roxburgh, Martin Robinson, Sara-Jane R. Walker and Mary Publicover (Journal of Missional Practice), Lord Maurice Glasman (The Common Good Foundation), Jenny Sinclair (Together for the Common Good), the Rt Revd Andrew Rumsey and Fr William Taylor.
To view the webinar mentioned above, click here. Within our limited capacity, we are planning more – watch this space.