A book with huge importance today

A book with huge importance today

Religion Hurts Why religions do harm as well as good John Bowker SPCK, hb, £9.99   John Bowker has been compared by Rowan Williams to Austin Farrer, high praise coming from someone who greatly admires Farrer. Like Farrer, Williams suggests, Bowker writes with great erudition and ranges widely over many subjects. Also like Farrer, Bowker […]

Brexit dangers

In 1919 the Irish poet Yeats powerfully reflected on the experience of a post-war Europe: Turning and turning in the widening gyre The falcon cannot hear the falconer; Things fall apart; the centre cannot hold; Mere anarchy is loosed upon the world, The blood-dimmed tide is loosed, and everywhere The ceremony of innocence is drowned; […]

Perfect retreats

Perfect retreats

After a hectic Christmas and New Year it could be time to explore the idea of a retreat. The first on our list is ‘Consider the Lilies, An Artistic Antidote to Worrying,’which is being run in association with CARM led by Sue Ives (Friday 16 March). The aim of CARM – the Creative Arts Retreat […]

Two cheers for Jeremy Hunt

Two cheers for Jeremy Hunt

  There hasn’t been very much good news emerging from the government of late. So two rather unexpected cheers for the Foreign Secretary, Jeremy Hunt, who surprised everyone on 26 December by announcing – in an article in the [i] Telegraph – a review into the persecution of Christians worldwide. It doesn’t get much more […]

The Ukraine Orthodox crisis deepens

The Ukraine Orthodox crisis deepens

By Brian Cooper ECUMENICAL Patriarch Bartholomew’s recent actions have caused profound division within the world Orthodox family. These include the inauguration of a new ‘Orthodox Church of Ukraine – Kiev Patriarchate’, his ending – after three centuries — of the Russian Orthodox’s [Moscow Patriarchate] canonical authority over majority Ukrainian Orthodox Church, and Ukraine President Poroshenko’s […]

This week’s edition

This week’s edition

We lead this week with the publication of the Open Doors World Watch List for 2019, which is reporting a huge rise in the persecution of Christians in China. The People’s Republic has risen from number 27 to number 16 in their list.   We also report on an American bishop who is facing restrictions […]

A crisis for the Anglican Centre in Rome

The governors of the Anglican Centre in Rome in December 2018 announced the resignation of the Centre’s director, Archbishop Bernard Ntahoturi, following an allegation of sexual misconduct. The Anglican Centre in Rome is the permanent Anglican Communion presence in Rome. Its director is also the Archbishop of Canterbury’s Personal Representative to the Holy See. On […]

Bishop joins church’s celebration

Bishop joins church’s celebration

THE BISHOP of London opened the new church building at St Barnabas in North Finchley, London, last week. The Rt Rev Sarah Mullally said: “Each one of you is a living stone that makes the church. Each one of you is important, living stones with Christ as the cornerstone.”  

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