The October 27 edition of The Living Church is available online to registered subscribers. This edition features a cover essay by Philip Harrold of Trinity School for Ministry on the Fresh Expressions Initiative that began in the Church of England and has since spread further. Professor Harrold writes:

From the start, many have worried about the fate of the traditional parish system in the new kaleidoscope of church forms. Martyn Percy, principal of Ripon College, sees the initiative as “a form of collusion with a contemporary cultural obsession with newness, alternatives and novelty” over and against the “deep complexity of wisdom” represented by England’s venerable parochial structures. Conversely, University of Birmingham professor John M. Hull, one of the earliest and sharpest critics of Fresh Expressions, argues that the movement remains beholden to the territorialism of a “land church” despite the collapse of Christendom. He thinks that the new groups merely fill gaps in the fractured edifice of a national church that would rather control the mission than be shaped by it.

Vail: Strength in Numbers

Fresh Expressions: No Longer Messing About
By Philip Harrold


Belief and Actions, Joined in Christ
By Richard Mammana, Jr.

Back to the Anglican Future:
Excerpts from three addresses
By Ephraim Radner, Josiah Idowu-Fearon, and Ian Ernest

Cape Town’s ‘Yes’ and ‘No’
By George Sumner

Believe in Love by Brenden Leahy
On Our Pilgrimage to Eternity edited by Stephen Liesenfeld
Silence Transformed into Life by John Paul II
Why He Is a Saint by Slawomir Oder with Saverio Gaeta
The Pope and I by Jerzy Kluger
Review by Sister Mary Jean

Saints as They Really Are by Michael Plekon
Review by Christopher Pramuk

The Great Tradition edited by Philip E. Harrold and D.H. William
Review by Ben Jefferies

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Sunday’s Readings
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About The Author

I am senior editor of The Living Church. My wife, Monica, and I attend St. Matthew’s Church in Richmond, Virginia.

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