Church rejects key finding in George Bell review

Church rejects key finding in George Bell review

THE CHURCH of England has apologised for its handling of the allegations of abuse by Bishop George Bell, who died in 1958, but resisted a key recommendation in the review it requested. The leading barrister and former MP Lord Carlile of Berriew was asked by the Diocese of Chichester to review its handling of the […]

An engaging new outing for Star Wars

An engaging new outing for Star Wars

Star Wars: The Last Jedi (dir. Rian Johnson, cert. 12A) is episode VIII of the trilogy of trilogies originally envisioned by George Lucas. There’s a fourth trilogy in mind, perhaps 10 years away, but there are always new ideas; this time it’s the light speed tracker system. The latest blockbuster – apart from children’s animation […]

Lloyd Webber’s Woman in White gets reborn

Lloyd Webber’s Woman in White gets reborn

Woman in White By Peter May Andrew Lloyd Webber has returned to a gothic theme whilst resurrecting this old Victorian love story for a second outing.  Thirteen years have passed since it made its less than smooth debut over at the Palace Theatre where a troublesome fat suit proved too much for Michael Crawford and stage projections caused motion […]

Sunday Service

4th Sunday of Advent — Sunday 24th December 2017   2 Samuel 7:1-11, 16 Romans 16:25-27 Luke 1:26-38   The theme of our readings this week on a day of anticipation before Christmas, is the gospel revelation that Jesus, Son of Mary, would also be Son of God and Son of David — the long-anticipated […]

The spiritual director

By the Rev Dr Liz Hoare What then did you go out to see? A prophet? Yes, I tell you and more than a prophet. This is the one about whom it is written, ‘See, I am sending my messenger ahead of you, who will prepare your way before you.’ Matt 11:9,10   John the […]

No place for cheap grace

By Rev Bob Mayo   I had occasion to spend 10 days in the USA before Advent. I learnt that in Oregon you can buy rifles in a supermarket and in Texas church ushers, and sometimes the preacher, may be wearing a pistol. I learnt that the Episcopal Church is not obsessed with finding a […]

Is there something wrong with me, or with the world?

Peter Mullen   No doubt I’ve never grown up, but I still prefer books with pictures in them. If I pick up a biography, I always turn first to the photographs of its subject, his family and friends. A single picture or an image will often focus our thoughts better than thousands of words. On […]

Jesus brings living compassion

The de-Christianisation of British and western culture has brought with it enormous costs, financially but more importantly in terms of human well-being. The Advent and Christmas seasons are the obvious time to reflect on the crisis of compassion in public services, notably health care, as revealed in the Francis Report, but also in policing and […]

Cassock Chasers and Compromised Clergy

By The Very Rev Dr David Ison    Some recent blogging about sexual abuse and harassment in the Church of England has referred to ‘cassock chasers’. When I read it, it was a phrase new to me; but finding out what it meant was a revelation, in two ways. It’s not only that women are afraid […]

St Helen’s, Bishopsgate, serves notice to the Diocese of London

Rector tells the congregation not to ‘walk together’ AN INFLUENTIAL evangelical London church has said it will not ‘walk together’ with the diocese over views on sexuality. In his sermon last week, the Rector of St Helen’s Bishopsgate, the Rev William Taylor, told the congregation to watch out for divisive teachers. “It’s what they teach […]

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