The restrictions that were imposed by the government during the Covid crisis – on social life, on worship, on weddings, on funerals – came upon us suddenly.
Nothing similar had been seen in our country for hundreds of years. Christians and churches were unprepared and sadly divided in their response to the situation.
It is likely that we will see such restrictions imposed again in response to other crises. We need to be better prepared for the future.
That was the sense of the opening remarks of the first speaker, Stephen Rees, at the 2022 ‘God’s Glory Our Joy’ conference, held in Warrington in October.
In two sessions, he went on to expound key chapters giving different perspectives on the relationship of Church and State.