The Susanna Wesley Foundation was pleased to sponsor research by Nigel Rooms and Elli Wort into a Northern-contextualised gospel that is now a book published by Sacristy Press entitled ‘Fuzzy Church: gospel and culture in the North of England’.
Do join us for a book launch on 23rd June at 4pm where Nigel and Elli will be joined by Methodist Church at the Margins officer Eunice Attwood. Zoom link (Meeting 868 5353 5372, passcode 951760).
Nigel Rooms and Elli Wort analyse what the North actually is, and why we need to study our context if we want to understand more about God and God’s ways. They look at the current religious climate in the North where many churches are closing. They explore how their detailed research among northern churches demonstrates a gospel characterized by fragility and freedom, but full of authenticity, community and humour. They describe “fuzzy” churches where the boundaries of the church and its worship are less fixed and where there is more of a flow between churches and their world. They discover that closing churches might provide the “compost” for what God is doing next.