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Tom Stuckey was President of the British Methodist Conference in 2005. This website has been set up with his wife Christine Stuckey, who is the MWiB Southampton District President, to encourage theological reflection and dialogue both within the Methodist Church and beyond. You can participate in this.

  

Tom Stuckey

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 LATE APRIL EDITION

You will immediately see that this page has been reorganised to include a monthly reflection.

ALSO Christine has not only written a new BLOG in which she looks back over the last six months of her activity as Southampton District MWiB President but three of her significant articles are accessible below.
She has recently developed the idea of 'A pilgrimage at home' but her latest flash of inspiration has come from her conversation about 'God Moments'. 

Besides the review of two new bookd I have included a follow up to what Colin Morris wrote in the April edition of the Methodist Recorder. Click my response. THE BEST OF ALL POSSIBLE WORLDS?
 
If you have missed it why not read my Gillingham lecture on: KILLING IN THE NAME OF GOD!'


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    HERE ARE SOME OF CHRISTINE'S PAPERS
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1.  Pilgrimage to Lindisfarne

2.  MWiB District Celebration

3.  A Pilgrimage at home      

   
 

                    THIS MONTH'S REFLECTION

                by Tom

                      A Passion for Theology

At the age of 18, while my school friends were doing their A levels and reading science fiction, I was working on the shop floor at Westland Aircraft and in my spare moments reading Bonheoffer, Brunner, Tillich, Calvin and Barth.  As a child I had been obsessed with the ‘why and what’ questions of God and kept upsetting my Sunday school teachers.  I realise now that theology has always been in my blood.  It still is! 

Theology gives me energy. It fires my imagination. It makes me who I am. Without theology my spirit dies! However, theology also makes me critical of many things within our church.  Witnessing the steady erosion of engaged theology in Methodism over the last 25 years makes me sad. While I delight in the fact that many more people in Methodism are taking degrees I do not believe this necessarily means that we are growing theologians, nor does it mean that theology is shaping our Church.  Martin Luther said ‘not reading books or speculating, but living, dying and being damned makes a theologian.’  

Can Methodism be regenerated without such a dynamic theology? I meet supernumeraries like myself who find their theological gifts, as far as Methodism is concerned, ‘surplus to requirements.’  Is our theological contribution no longer wanted?  Meeting with a little group of supernumeraries to consider papers and review books helps as does my link with the Anglicans at Sarum College. Running this web site may open up further opportunities. 

Asian theologians once talked about ‘cold theology’ and ‘hot theology’. They used the former to describe the Western academic theology of the head. Well that is OK for starters, but I think theology should not only be hot but incandescent!

Published in the Methodist Recorder 14th JanuaryFebruary 2016

 
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