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Common Theology is a periodical publication serving a community interested in emergent
Christianity worldwide, and based in Australia.
This journal is not a commercial venture but is funded by its sponsors and subscribers.
It is intended to help build a participatory community sharing information about a new world order from a theological perspective.

Sponsors: Margaret Henderson OBE
Kay McLennan, Amelia Cooper, Sarah Baker

Published by HelassInk
P O Box 117, Sandgate, Qld 4017

Editor: Maggie Helass

Subscriptions Manager:
Anne Bucetti, doing data

Printing: Ultraprint, Virginia Qld

Website Manager: Kerri Jessep

Cartoonist: The Revd Robert Paget

ISSN 1447-3615

To the Editor
First let me congratulate and thank you for seven years of stimulating and encouraging thoughts through the pages of Common Theology. Its many and varied sources have been inspiration to this struggling Christian. I have subscribed to Common Theology since its earliest issues and as I open each consignment, I anticipate something unpredictable and thought-provoking.

My mind boggles at the challenges that must confront anyone with the courage to attempt and succeed at such an enterprise in Australia in the 21st Century! From your letter, it is clear you are looking to adopt ‘ways and means’ of keeping the enterprise afl oat in challenging times for journalism.

The adage of ‘get big or get out’ must be a consideration for Common Theology and I hope it will be resisted. For me, the cottage industry dedication so evident in your presentation has been like a breath of fresh air. That many of the leading articles are written by people I know of and some even I have met makes Common Theology like a letter from home. This comment may not be helpful in repositioning your publication but it is certainly a feature I enjoy.

There will also, I feel, be pressure to consider a name change. For God’s sake, please resist it. I have just read a little paperback entitled The Problems of Theology (Cambridge University Press) whose first chapter is ‘Is there such a subject?’ If theology is in fact “rational thought or talk about God” i.e. people’s belief in God, then Common Theology is well named. Likewise, if Common Theology claims to be a lay ministry of the Australian church, “common” it is and should be – despite the church’s challenging diversity.

As for content, suffice it to say that I have sometimes thought that I would like to see consideration of some of the transitions threatening the post-modern Church when “miraculously” I find that my wishes are realised. Most recent of these was Hedley Beare’s Winter 2007 summary of O’Murchu’s twelve reasons for rebuilding the Church – good stuff.

If prayers for Common Theology’s future, whatever that may be, are in order, feel supported in your work.
Ian Hurwood, Indooroopilly Qld