Who we are
New Way is a networked community of people inspired by an understanding of God as a glorious and mysterious community of three persons in loving communion and mutual indwelling; a single Being, united in diversity, and known to us as creator, redeemer and life-giver whose love overflows to the whole of creation.
This inspires our understanding of church's identity, life and mission to be most effective as Small Christian Community, embracing a diverse group of people whose gifts and calling are directed to the well-being of our local communities.
New Way is resourced by people, both lay and ordained. The programme was started in 1992 by (the late) Derek Hanscombe (Vice Principal of USPG's United College of the Ascension), Jeanne Hinton (writer and a founder of Post Green Community), and Peter Price (now Bishop of Bath and Wells), as part of USPG's Encounter and Exchange Programme.
In a decade of work, New Way has initiated the publication of 4 books, published 12 resource booklets, led in excess of 50 workshop programmes and initiated practical communities in a number of settings.
The New Way team is now drawn from an ecumenical network of people who are engaged in a new way of being church.
New Way has received support and funding from - among others - the Christendom Trust, the Saltley Trust and USPG. Members and other generous benefactors also support the network.
Our core team
The New Way Team are a diverse community who bring a wide range of skills and experience to the work of the organisation. The team consists of Peter Stickland, Michael Bridgwater, John Summers, Felicity Summers, Catriona Robertson, Cameron Kirkwood, Alister Palmer, Angela Ormrod, Rosemary and Stephen Rymer and Jenny Humphreys. Bishop Peter Price, Dee Price and Jeanne Hinton are consultants to New Way.
Jenny Humphreys followed up Reader Training with a degree in Theological Studies achieved over several years while working as World Mission Adviser for Bath & Wells Diocese. Finding out about Liberation, Feminist, Black, Asian and African Theologies combined with first-hand knowledge about life in Zambia in Central Africa and other parts of the Majority World reinforced a long-term interest in and support for issues of justice and equality. She has a particular interest in the church’s attitude to money and wealth, and the need for a new way of expressing our Christian Faith in the context of the world’s present inequalities and attitudes. She joined New Way in April 2008.
Stephen Rymer (Development Worker - part-time)
We have a big vision.
We long for and dream of networks of small Christian communities committed to social justice and peace in their neighbourhoods working in partnership with the local church throughout these islands and beyond.
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