Reform matures into force for Anglican renewal

by Julian Mann

[…]  Some of Reform’s conferences in the 1990s had an unfortunate habit of degenerating into farce with delegates on one occasion refusing, in the synodical parlance, to ‘note’ a report on a scheme for alternative episcopal oversight because they did not know what noting a report meant. On another occasion delegates were exhorted not to jump ship but to look for where the lifeboats might be.

This week, however, at the High Leigh Conference Centre in Hertfordshire Reform looked like a spiritual force that could, under God, rescue confessional Anglicanism in the UK. The joint presentation by two younger Reform leaders, one the incumbent of an established Anglican parish church in the north of England, the other the leader of a church planting network in south London, showed that the movement is now well capable of holding together a twin track approach to renewing the Church of England.

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