Coming to SCM Press this Autumn/Winter
Here's a taste of what to look out for from SCM Press in the next few months.
Words for Dying World: Stories of Grief and Courage from the Global Church (edited by Hannah Malcolm)
Hannah Malcolm brings together voices from a multiplicity of perspectives and backgrounds to reflect upon a theology of climate grief in their context - from the Pacific islands to the pipelines of Canada, from farming communities in Namibia to activism in the UK. Offering essays, personal reflections, poetry, prayers, song and art, the collection seeks to challenge and equip the worshipping life of church communities.
With contributors including Anderson Jeremiah, Azariah France-Williams, David Benjamin Blower, Holly-Anna Petersen, Isabel Mukonyora, Jione Havea, and Maggi Dawn, Words for a Dying World is published in December.
Being Interrupted: Reimagining the Church’s Mission from the Outside, In (Al Barrett and Ruth Harley
Being Interrupted begins with a ‘Street Nativity Play’ that didn’t end as planned, and finishes with an open-ended conversation in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic. In between, it locates an institutionally-anxious Church of England within the wider contexts of divisions of race and class in ‘the ruins of empire’ (symbolized and intensified by Brexit), alongside ongoing gender inequalities, the marginalization of children, and catastrophic ecological breakdown.
In the midst of this bleak picture, Al Barrett and Ruth Harley open a door to a creative disruption of the status quo, ‘from the outside, in’: the in-breaking of the wild reality of the ‘Kin-dom’ of God. Through careful and unsettling readings in Mark’s gospel, alongside stories from a multicultural outer estate in east Birmingham, the book paints a vivid picture of an 'alternative economy' for the Church's life and mission.
Jesus Christ, Learning Teacher: Where Theology and Pedagogy Meet (Mark Chater)
What does it mean to say that Jesus was a teacher? If he was a good teacher, was he also a learner? Is today’s Christian church learning? Can educators help the church to recover a ‘learning Christ’ who places learning at the heart of the Godhead and the church? How could the Christian churches take the educational significance of Jesus more seriously?
Christian teachers often find themselves divided between a professional discourse on learning and making progress, and a theological vocabulary which they do not fully own, connecting only sporadically with their professional identity. This book helps educators to treat their teacher identity as a theological resource, rather than an obstacle, and in so doing to discover new insights on Christ which can be of relevance to the wider church and its mission.
This Assembly of Believers: The Gifts of Difference in the Church at Prayer (Bryan Cones)
“Among the symbols with which the liturgy deals, none is more important than this assembly of believers.”
This claim made in the 1970s forces the local church to consider those within its congregation, and recognise the gifts and challenges of difference within the church community. In This Assembly of Believers Bryan Cones seeks to take seriously the pastoral context of a congregation, recognising the physical ability, gender and sexuality of those who make up the congregation.
Starting each chapter with their lived experience, Cones poses important questions of the liturgy in light of these experiences before realigning the liturgy to demonstrate the positive theological significance of the marginalised within the congregation.