Published by Jeremy Fagan on 7th October 2019

Good Conversation in Church

From the Chair – David Sims Conversations are breaking down everywhere. In the UK there is much discussion about the breakdown of our national conversation, as we move from not being able to talk about death and religion to finding that we cannot even talk about our different views of a customs union. Conversations between…

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Three hands weaving a rope

Published by Jeremy Fagan on 1st April 2019

2018 MODEM Conference Report: Power and Powerlessness

Conference report from David Sims and Sue Miller The theme of our 2018 Conference was ‘Transforming communities: power and powerlessness’. Our speakers were Nigel Rooms and Anna Ruddick, with poetry from Lucy Berry. Both Nigel and Anna addressed the theme of power and change in the church and community, and addressed this from the perspectives…

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Published by Jeremy Fagan on 12th September 2018

The Ghosts of Leaders Past, Present and Future

At the beginning of September, we’re often encouraged in the church to start to plan for Christmas. So naturally my thoughts have turned to a Christmas Carol, and the figures of the three ghosts. I’m sure that Dickens’ novella has been seen as an allegory for leadership elsewhere, but I was wondering how many people in…

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Published by Jeremy Fagan on 12th September 2018

Could you be MODEM Secretary?

Our Honorary Secretary, Derek McAuley, completes his second three year term as a Trustee in December this year, and this is the maximum time that our Trust Deed permits anyone to serve. Derek has been an excellent Secretary, which means that he leaves the role in very good shape, and will be happy to be…

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Published by Jeremy Fagan on 12th September 2018

From the Chair: Developing Saints and Developing Heroes

Too many years working in Business Schools have made me wary of discussions about ‘ethics’, which have often either entailed codes that are too boring to remember, or have attracted the attention of those who have big problems with behaving ethically. Of course this is unfair – there have been some pearls of excellent and…

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Published by Jeremy Fagan on 12th September 2018

Peter Rudge: 1927-2017

by Tim Harle, former Vice-Chair of MODEM. On the title page of his 2015 memoir[i], Rudge describes himself as ‘Student, Hitchhiker, Anglican Priest, Management Consultant in Churches, Tax Agent, Book Reviewer, Garden Designer, Sportsman, Scholar, Author’.  Others can speak of his contribution to tax consultancy, garden design and croquet (on which he published several books);…

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Published by Jeremy Fagan on 2nd July 2018

MODEM Matters June 2018

Here is the latest edition of MODEM Matters, and the last one before a redesign of format. IN THIS ISSUE: FROM THE CHAIR | DAVID SIMS David reflects on the use of evidence in church life. MODEM SUBSCRIPTION UPDATE | RACHEL NOEL MODEM goes digital! Modern subscription methods are now available. TRANSITION REFLECTION – MAY…

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Published by Jeremy Fagan on 15th June 2018

MODEM Trustees Away Day

The trustees of MODEM held an ‘Away Day’ in June, which was neither away, nor in fact, a full day. However, it was a chance to spend some time thinking about MODEM, its values and purpose, the unique role that it can play, and the future direction for the charity. Conversation was ably facilitated by MODEM member…

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