The spiritual director

By the Rev Dr Liz Hoare   Father in heaven, merciful and gracious, grant that those who wield authority over others may delight in mercy and be loving to all. Strengthen their hands and humble their hearts; preserve them from unfair dealing or prejudice and grant them grace always to judge in the knowledge that […]

Sunday Service

19th Sunday after Trinity (Proper 24) — Sunday 22nd October 2017   Isaiah 45:1-7 1 Thessalonians 1:1-10 Matthew 22:15-22   The Gospel reading this week shows us that flattery does not get us anywhere with Jesus; that Christians should pay their taxes; and that God demands everything. The first thing we need to notice is […]

Against depression – a message of hope at Harvest

Harvest festival services in the autumn recall us to the truth of God’s good creation. Yes, we live in a world affected by human sin, but it is a good world reflecting the goodness and love of God. Harvest is a time of praise and thanks for this vast overflow of goodness in the form […]

Prisoners need our compassion, not our contempt

The number of children in the UK affected by a parent in prison each year is upwards of 200,000. Christian children’s charity Spurgeons works in 11 prisons across England and knows firsthand the affect this can have on families. This Prisons Week, Ross Hendry, Spurgeons’ Chief Executive, highlights the positive impact family connections whilst in prison […]

Criticism that is most welcome

It is good to see that there is plenty of criticism of police actions in the case of historic sex allegations against former Prime Minister, Sir Edward Heath. The allegations and the fishing expedition by the police in a post-Savile febrile and hysterical atmosphere have blackened Heath’s name and reputation. Thankfully, there are signs that […]

Diocese of Sydney donates $1 million to fight equal marriage

THE ANGLICAN Diocese of Sydney has announced a AUS$1 million donation to the “no” campaign ahead of Australia’s postal survey on same-sex marriage. Archbishop of Sydney, the Most Rev Dr Glenn Davies, told Sydney’s Diocesan Synod that the Standing Committee has backed the Diocese’s participation in the Coalition for Marriage by taking the money from […]

Primates to ‘walk together’ despite disagreements

Primates to ‘walk together’ despite disagreements

THE PRIMATES have agreed to walk together despite their ‘distance’. The Communiqué from last week’s Primates’ Meeting said they made the decision to walk together ‘while acknowledging the distance that exists in our relationship due to the deep differences in understanding on same-sex marriage’. It said that Primates ‘endorsed this approach’, which they ‘will continue […]

Faith impact on society explored in new collaboration

THE LINK between faith and the formation of societies is being explored in a major new radio series and exhibition. Living with the Gods is the latest collaboration between the BBC and the British Museum and its former director, Neil MacGregor, will present the landmark 30-part series on Radio 4. A major exhibition on the […]

Canon Julian Charley dies after a devoted life of service

Canon Julian Charley dies after a devoted life of service

THE REV CANON Julian Charley died on 15 September aged 87. He had a long and illustrious career, including serving at All Souls, Langham Place, where he was John Stott’s curate for five years. Later he was on the staff of the London College of Divinity (in Northwood, Middlesex), becoming Vice Principal alongside Michael Green […]

The question facing the Tory party faithful

By Gareth Wallace Conservative Christian Fellowship   Every year the Conservative Christian Fellowship invites our supporters, churches, Christian charities and organisations to join us at our events held in partnership at the Conservative Party Conference. Party Conference returned to Manchester with a certain degree of trepidation after the “Tory Scum” protests that delegates of all […]

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