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Hymns Ancient & Modern puts study books online for free for ordinands and lay ministers in training

18 May 2018


Dr Ken Farrimond from the C of E’s learning hub, and David Shervington, publisher of SCM Press, shake hands on the deal

Dr Ken Farrimond from the C of E’s learning hub, and David Shervington, publisher of SCM Press, shake hands on the deal

HYMNS Ancient & Modern, the Church Times’s parent charity, this week launched a free e-book service for anyone training for ordained or lay ministry in the Church of England. The move is designed to ease the financial burden on poorer students and ordinands.

One hundred books, among them core texts for theological learning from the SCM Press and Canterbury Press lists, have been made available through the Church of England’s digital learning hub.

The books can be accessed for free by any of the 2500 students currently on the Common Awards programme, the partnership between the Ministry Division, theological colleges, and Durham University, which provides accreditation and support for the C of E’s ministerial training.

Among the authors available are Walter Brueggemann, E. P. Sanders, Sam Wells, and Barbara Brown Taylor. See below for the full list of books available.

The C of E’s online learning hub was launched two years ago. Dr Ken Farrimond, an e-learning adviser, said this week that it had already experienced “tremendous growth. . . We hope these e-books will prove a valuable asset for students training for licensed lay ministry or for ordination.”

The CEO of Hymns Ancient & Modern, Dominic Vaughan, said: “We believe this initiative will enrich the Church of England and the wider Church with valuable resources for study, reflection, and prayer.”


The full list:

SCM Studyguide: Preaching by Peter Stevenson (SCM Press, 2017)
SCM Studyguide: Pastoral Theology by Margaret Whipp (SCM Press, 2013)
SCM Studyguide: Biblical Hermeneutics by David Holgate and Rachel Starr (SCM Press, 2006)
SCM Studyguide: Books of the New Testament by Ian Boxall (SCM Press, 2007)
SCM Studyguide: New Testament Interpretation by Ian Boxall (SCM Press, 2007)
SCM Studyguide: Christian Doctrine by Jeff Astley (SCM Press, 2010)
SCM Studyguide: The Old Testament by John Holdsworth (SCM Press, 2005)
SCM Studyguide: Church History by Stephen Spencer (SCM Press, 2013)
SCM Studyguide: Christian Mission by Stephen Spencer (SCM Press, 2007)
SCM Studyguide: Practical Skills for Ministry by Andrew Pratt (SCM Press, 2010)
SCM Studyguide: Christian Spirituality by Ross Thompson with Gareth Williams (SCM Press, 2008)
SCM Studyguide: Liturgy by Stephen Burns (SCM Press, 2006)
SCM Studyguide: Psalms by Stephen B. Dawes (SCM Press, 2009)
SCM Studyguide: The Sacraments by Ross Thompson (SCM Press, 2006)
SCM Studyguide: Early Christian Doctrine and the Creeds by Piotr Ashwin-Siejkowski (SCM Press, 2010)
SCM Studyguide: Anglicanism by Stephen Spencer (SCM Press, 2010)
SCM Studyguide: Science and Religion by Jean Dorricott (SCM Press, 2005)
SCM Core Text: Christian Doctrine by Mike Higton (SCM Press, 2008)
SCM Core Text: Christian Approaches to Other Faiths by Paul Hedges and Alan Race (SCM Press, 2008)
SCM Core Text: Christian Spirituality by Karen E. Smith (SCM Press, 2007)
SCM Core Text: Christianity and Science by John D. Weaver (SCM Press, 2010)
SCM Core Text: The Bible and Literature by Alison Jack (SCM Press, 2012)
SCM Core Text: Black Theology by Anthony G. Reddie (SCM Press, 2012)
SCM Core Text: The Book of Revelation by Simon Woodman (SCM Press, 2008)
SCM Core Text: Pentecostalism by William K. Kay (SCM Press, 2009)
SCM Core Text: New Testament by Richard Cooke (SCM Press, 2009)
SCM Core Text: Modern Church History by Tim Grass (SCM Press, 2008)
SCM Core Text: Paul by Geoffrey Harris (SCM Press, 2009)
SCM Core Text: Religious Syncretism by Eric Maroney (SCM Press, 2006)
SCM Core Text: The Philosophy of Religion by Gwen Griffith-Dickson (SCM Press, 2005)
SCM Core Text: Religion and Modern Thought by Victoria Harrison (SCM Press, 2007)
SCM Core Text: Theological Ethics by Edward Dowler (SCM Press, 2011)
SCM Core Text: Theological Hermeneutics by Alexander Jensen (SCM Press, 2007)
Practical Theology and Qualitative Research by John Swinton and Harriet Mowat (SCM Press, 2nd edition, 2016)
Theological Reflections: Methods by Elaine Graham, Heather Walton, and Frances Ward (SCM Press, 2005)
Theological Reflections: Sources by Elaine Graham, Heather Walton, and Frances Ward (SCM Press, 2007)
Writing Methods in Theological Reflection by Heather Walton (SCM Press, 2014)
Companion to the Old Testament by Hywel Clifford et al. (SCM Press, 2016)
Advancing Practical Theology by Eric Stoddart (SCM Press, 2014)
Pastoral Supervision by Jane Leach and Michael Paterson (SCM Press, 2nd edition, 2015)
Psychology for Pastoral Contexts by Jessica Rose (SCM Press, 2013)
Church for Every Context by Michael Moynagh (SCM Press, 2012)
Church in Life by Michael Moynagh (SCM Press, 2017)
Researching Practice in Mission and Ministry by Helen Cameron and Catherine Duce (SCM Press, 2013)
Christian Youth Work in Theory and Practice by Sally Nash and Jo Whitehead (SCM Press, 2014)
Re-Imagining the Bible for Today by Anne-Claar Thomasson-Rosingh et al. (SCM Press, 2017)
Kingdom Learning by David Heywood (SCM Press, 2017)
Reimagining Ministry by David Heywood (SCM Press, 2011)
Just Mission by Helen Cameron (SCM Press, 2015)
Resourcing Mission by Helen Cameron (SCM Press, 2009)
For the Parish by Andrew Davison and Alison Milbank (SCM Press, 2010)
Encountering Islam by Richard Sudworth (SCM Press, 2017)
Faith, Hope and Love by Ray Gaston (SCM Press, 2017)
Foundations of Pastoral Counselling by Neil Pembroke (SCM Press, 2017)
Igniting the Heart by Kate Bruce (SCM Press, 2015)
Beyond Common Worship by Mark Earey (SCM Press, 2013)
Christianity Rediscovered by Vincent J. Donovan (SCM Press, 2001)
Cost of Discipleship by Dietrich Bonhoeffer (SCM Press, new edition, 2015)
Fresh! by David Goodhew, Andrew Roberts, and Michael Volland (SCM Press, 2012)
Leading by Story by Vaughan S. Roberts and David Sims (SCM Press, 2017)
Psychology of Christian Character Formation by Joanna Collicutt (SCM Press, 2015)
The Vocation of Anglican Theology by Ralph McMichael (SCM Press, 2014)
Talking About God in Practice by Deborah Bhatti (SCM Press, 2010)
Mission on the Road to Emmaus by Cathy Ross and Stephan B. Bevans (SCM Press, 2015)
God, Neighbour, Empire by Walter Brueggemann (SCM Press, 2017)
Global Poverty by Justin Thacker (SCM Press, 2017)
Paul: The Apostle’s Life, Letters and Thought by E. P. Sanders (SCM Press, 2016)
The Parish Handbook by Bob Mayo with Cameron Collington and David Gillett (SCM Press, 2016)
The DNA of Pioneer Ministry by Andy Milne with Michael Moynagh (SCM Press, 2016)
In a Glass Darkly by Zoe Bennett and Christopher Rowland (SCM Press, 2016)
Paul on Baptism by Nicholas Taylor (SCM Press, 2016)
Blessed are the Poor by Laurie Green (SCM Press, 2015)
Tend My Flock by Kate Lichfield (Canterbury Press, 2006)
The Gift of Leadership by Steven Croft (Canterbury Press, 2016)
Fresh from the Word by Rosalind Brown (Canterbury Press, 2016)
Being a Priest Today by Christopher Cocksworth and Rosalind Brown (Canterbury Press, 2006)
The Bible in the Life of the Church by Martyn Percy, Clare Amos, and Ian Markham (Canterbury Press, 2013)
Women and Men in Scripture and the Church by Paula Gooder and Steven Croft (Canterbury Press, 2013)
The Canterbury Companion to the Book of Common Prayer Gospels by Raymond Chapman (Canterbury Press, 2014)
Apostolic Women, Apostolic Authority by Martyn Percy, Clare Amos, et al. (Canterbury Press, 2010)
A Point of Balance by Martyn Percy and Robert Boak Slocum (Canterbury Press, 2013)
What Anglicans Believe by Samuel Wells (Canterbury Press, 2011)
Grace by Peter Groves (Canterbury Press, 2012)
Incarnational Ministry by Samuel Wells (Canterbury Press, 2017)
Pioneering Spirituality by Cathy and Jonny Baker (Canterbury Press, 2015)
The Pioneer Gift by Cathy Ross and Jonny Baker (Canterbury Press, 2014)
The Preaching Life by Barbara Brown Taylor (Canterbury Press, 2013)
Multi-Congregation Ministry by Malcolm Grundy (Canterbury Press, 2015)
For God’s Sake by Jessica Martin and Sarah Coakley (Canterbury Press, 2017)

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