A major and exciting achievement for CTE staff member Joe Aldred is the publication of the anthology ‘Pentecostals and Charismatics in Britain’. Edited by Joe, this brings together key contributors on a wide range of topics.
The first of three book launches to mark its publication took place on Tuesday 7 May 2019 in the Centre for Pentecostal and Charismatic Studies at Birmingham University. Postgraduate students from the university, a representative of SCM Press, the publishers, Joe Aldred, as editor of the anthology and one of the contributors all gathered to mark the arrival of this long awaited expose on the British Pentecostal and Charismatic Movement.
Further launches will follow on 13 May at Roehampton University, London and on 28 June at Luther King House, Manchester.
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Pentecostals and Charismatics in Britain: An anthology
Nicola Price from SCM writes:
Drawing upon the scholarship of eminent academics and practitioners in the field of Pentecostal and Charismatic studies, Pentecostals and Charismatics in Britain puts into the public domain theological and sociological literature that posits contemporary thinking in key areas of British Pentecostal and Charismatic thought.
Although part of a worldwide Christian spirituality, Pentecostals and Charismatics in the UK are rooted in British religiosity dating back to at least the 1920s. However, the emergence of migrant communities from the Caribbean and Africa since the 1950s has tended to attract popular attention and consequentially has come to represent the popular public face of Pentecostals and Charismatics in Britain. Latterly, however, an intellectual base has begun resisting inappropriate categorisation and the anti-intellectual reputation that has attached itself to Pentecostalism.
Topics covered in the anthology include: the theological and doctrinal marks of British Pentecostalism, Anglican-Pentecostal relations, and the impact of the Vineyard movement on Charismatic and Pentecostal worship in the UK.
Edited by Joe Aldred, staff member at Churches Together in England, this stellar collection of essays includes contributions from some of the leading thinkers in British Pentecostal studies. The anthology comes at a time when Pentecostals and Charismatics are seen to be a crucial element in the diversification of academic theology, and a major centre of growth in the UK church.
Bishop Dr Joe Aldred is a broadcaster and ecumenist. He is responsible for Pentecostal and Multicultural Relations at Churches Together in England and Honorary Research Fellow at the University of Roehampton.
Foreword by Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby, Published by SCM 30 April 2019 £30.00, paperback SCM Press, Hymns Ancient & Modern, Invicta House, 108 Golden Lane, London EC1Y 0TG www.scmpress.co.uk
Praise for the book:
‘It’s so good to have this long overdue book out there. It’s like an exciting family reunion in a public space. A must read for everyone who wants to catch up with two great movements on the UK Christian landscape.’ — Joel Edwards, International Director, Micah Challenge
‘… a passionate and insightful introduction and analysis by leading scholars and practitioners that is destined to become a standard resource for anyone interested in the history, diversity, and significance of Pentecostal and Charismatic Christianity in Britain and beyond.’ — Wolfgang Vondey, Director, Centre for Pentecostal and Charismatic Studies, University of Birmingham, UK
‘Anyone wanting to understand these traditions in their contemporary expression will be advised to reach for this book first, and find within it contributions that are both carefully crafted academic explorations of aspects of those movements, and thoroughly readable introductions. As churches continue to respond to the changing culture of Britain today, no observer can ignore this movement in its rich cultural and theological diversity, and this book, edited by my colleague Bishop Joe Aldred, deserves its place on every thinking Christian’s bookshelves.’ — Paul Goodliff, General Secretary, Churches Together in England.
Book launch details
Birmingham: Tuesday 7 May, 3pm, Centre for Pentecostal and Charismatic Studies, European Research Institute, Room G53, University of Birmingham B15 2TT
London: Monday 13 May, 6.30pm, Roehampton University, Pentecostal Network, Adam Room, Froebel College, Grove House, Roehampton Lane, Roehampton SW15 5PU
Manchester: Wednesday 26 June, 7pm, Luther King House, Chapel Suite, Brighton Grove, Manchester, M14 5JP