Why a trip to Bremen is the perfect fairytale setting

Why a trip to Bremen is the perfect fairytale setting

    By Peter May Located in the North of Germany, with half a million inhabitants as well as being the 10th biggest city in Germany, Bremen may not be as popular in comparison with its sibling cities Berlin and Hamburg but it more than ticks the right boxes for a long weekend break. This […]

Sunday Service

1st Sunday of Lent — Sunday 5 March 2017   Genesis 2:15-17, 3:1-7 Psalm 32 Romans 5:12-19 Matthew 4:1-11   Throughout Lent, we will be enjoying a series in selected Psalms. This week, we will be looking at Psalm 32, a suitably Lenten penitential Psalm, which encourages forgiven sinners to rejoice in their unmerited salvation. […]

The spiritual director

By the Rev Dr Liz Hoare In our ABC of spirituality E is for evangelists, who come in all kinds of shapes and sizes. The best evangelists are those who are always tuned in to what God is doing in front of their noses and ready to be his agent of communication. They are also […]

The Gospel in an era of fake news

Peter Mullen   During the US presidential election campaign, I learnt the new phrases “fake news” and “post- truth.” Now Britain’s defence secretary Sir Michael Fallon warns that Vladimir Putin is “weaponising misinformation.” It seems as if we’re suffering a fresh outbreak of newspeak. Whatever next? I think we have taken another huge stride in […]

A slap in the face to the bishops

There has been much textual criticism of last week’s letter by the Archbishops of Canterbury and York promising ‘radical inclusion’ in response to the decision of General Synod to refuse to ‘take note’ of the House of Bishops’ paper on ‘Marriage and Same Sex Relationships’. Make no mistake, the vote not to take note was […]

Preventing a new Cold War with Russia

Russia has certainly stepped onto the centre of the diplomatic stage. It acted decisively to support the Syrian government in its fight against ISIS and the insurgencies, thus pushing the USA into the role of handwringing onlooker. Russia also seems to have made a pact with Turkey, despite these two states backing different sides in […]

Science student in Mission Experiment

After encountering Church Mission Society’s Mission Experiment stand at the Big Church Day Out in 2015, Eleanor May, age 19, decided to become a CMS community member and embark on six months of mission in Asia. She reflects on what she learned:   Why mission? As I grew up in my faith and it became […]

Does humanism need to believe in God?

Does humanism need to believe in God?

Humanism After the Death of God Ronald E Osborn OUP, hb, £55.00   Can humanism, with its beliefs in human dignity and equality, survive the death of God? That is the question Osborn poses in this stimulating and well-written book. Non-believers as well as Christian philosophers and apologists have pondered the question but few have […]

General Synod members queue up to air their views on the sexuality debate

OVER 160 requests to speak were submitted for the debate on Marriage and Same-Sex Relationships after the Shared Conversations: A Report from the House of Bishops, which Synod addressed on Wednesday 15 February. The Archdeacon of Dudley, the Ven Nikki Groarke, of Worcester Diocese was the first to speak. She said although the report was […]

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