The childless women of the bible: a hopeful metaphor for the church

Tina Hodgett playfully explores how the accounts of childless women in the Bible open up new metaphors to help us to reflect on church arriving somewhere surprisingly hopeful.

Some kind of community of people orbiting around a podcast: church in the new environment | Tim Nash and Jonny Baker [ANVIL vol 35 issue 3]

Jonny Baker and Tim Nash in conversation about the Nomad podcast, tracing the ways that it has developed into an online, and in some places physical, community.

Ek-centric ecclesiology

An outsider to the pioneer conversation, Roman Catholic theologian Clare Watkins both encourages and challenges those involved in pioneering and fresh expressions.

Pilgrims and priests

Stefan Paas suggests the “why” of Christian mission is a far more pressing and important question than most people realise.

Editorial: Church: Inside Out?

James Butler pushes us to reconsider our understanding of church and suggest that the church, and certainly the work of the Holy Spirit, goes beyond our carefully drawn lines and our own expectations.

Book reviews

Books reviewed include Paul Cudby’s The Shaken Path and Shaw and Burrows’ Traditional Ritual as Christian Worship.

Space to breathe

Nicky Redsell outlines how spirituality can be engaged in a workplace context to encourage greater team collaboration and improve mental and physical health.

The role of myth and imagination

Matt Arnold draws on Tolkien, Lewis, Jesus and Paul as he helpfully brings together the need for imagination and myth in apologetics for a world captivated by story.

Forest Church

Paul Cudby is reframing Christian community with The Arden Forest Church to model a new style of leadership and recognise people’s spiritual connection to nature.

Being among people as ourselves

Emma Moreton reflects on decades of life spent bridging the gulf between “religious” and “spiritual” and one astonishing event at Stonehenge.

Perspectives from Glastonbury

Diana Greenfield, ordained pioneer in Glastonbury, shares stories from her role as ordained pioneer in Glastonbury including people’s interest in “Christ consciousness”.

Engaging in mission with the “spiritual not religious”

Ian Mobsby on the importance of the experiential for the SNR, which he roots in Trinitarian and Incarnational theology, and shares his experience of spirituality dialogue groups.