About the Good Faith: A Re-introduction to the Church of England course
This study day offers a positive approach both to the Church of England’s inheritance and to its potential for the future. In uncertain times it aims to help participants recover confidence in what the established Church still has to offer society.
Current strategy is based on a perceived need for radical and ongoing change in response to the scale of the Church’s decline in numbers and commitment. Many dioceses are running out of money and parishes face pressure to give more to support the creaking structure while seeing churches closed and fewer clergy. There is a requirement expressed through Synodical and diocesan diktat that all the Church’s activities are mission-focused. Much weight is given to the model embodied by Holy Trinity Brompton (HTB), with its large-scale abandonment of traditional Anglican practice and its pragmatic organisational structure. There is narrative of ‘There is no other way’, and many clergy and lay volunteers find themselves stressed by being caught between local pastoral need and diocesan demands.
About the tutor
The Revd Canon Angela Tilby is a Canon Emeritus of Christ Church Cathedral, Oxford, and a Canon of Honour of Portsmouth Cathedral. After a career in broadcasting she worked as a theological educator in Cambridge and Oxford, teaching early church history and spirituality. She was also a member and consultant to the Church of England’s Liturgical Commission for fifteen years. She is a regular broadcaster on Radio 4’s Thought for the Day and writes a weekly column for the Church Times. She is currently preparing a book on recovering the roots of Anglican theology and practice.