Review: You can get your own high by watching Hair the Musical

Review: You can get your own high by watching Hair the Musical

By Peter May **** Once again the Vaults has transformed its venue into another wonderland for its latest immersive theatre production. Only this time, it’s a mini Woodstock set in the swinging sixties. Reams of multi coloured fabric dangle from the ceiling, smokey incense burns, cushions strewn everywhere and psychedelic surroundings show the excellent attention […]

Promoting positive investments

Promoting positive investments

The Good Money Week collective is encouraging everyone to take one step towards good money today. The organisation of responsible investment companies has suggested a number of actions, which include signing their 38Degrees petition to get an ethical champion on the new £20 note in 2020. They are also suggesting that you ask your employer […]

Faith and philosophy

Faith and philosophy

Approaching Philosophy of Religion Anthony C Thiselton SPCK, pb, £14.99   Doubt, Faith and Certainty Anthony C Thiselton Eerdmans, pb, £16.99   The Meaning of Belief Tim Crane Harvard, hb, £19.95   In 2007 Anthony Thiselton published an important work, The Hermeneutics of Doctrine, that contained a brief note by his wife to say he […]

Review: Mozart’s Opera The Magic Flute

Review: Mozart’s Opera The Magic Flute

  By Peter May This is the sixth time this production   has been revived by Thomas Guthrie, and David  McVicar’s’.  That matters little because for Mozart’s masterpiece Die Zauberflote at the Royal Opera House is still the same light hearted comedy with the libretti by Emanuel Schikaneder as it ever was.  The Magic Flute is the most enigmatic of the three comic operas they collaborated on. The […]

A church that can’t even answer letters?

On Sunday, Radio 4’s religious news magazine, there was a note of incredulity in the voice of the experienced reporter Emily Buchanan on Justin Welby’s unfortunate remarks comparing the BBC’s handling of the Savile abuse with the supposed superior integrity of the Church of England and the Roman Catholic Church. “Why did he say it? […]

Share a Meal and make this Harvest a special one

Share a Meal and make this Harvest a special one

How do you celebrate harvest? In times past, Harvest was a major festival celebrated in villages and towns across the country. HOPE wants to put harvest back at the centre of church and community life as a key part of the church calendar and the rhythm of mission. Harvest can be a celebration of all […]

A wedding with a difference

A wedding with a difference

On Saturday 23 September, the ancient church of Holy Trinity, Blythburgh, saw what must have been one of its most remarkable ceremonies as Hannah Young, daughter of The Church of England Newspaper Publisher, Keith Young, and herself aformer employee of the newspaper, wed impresario and founder of London’s glamorous The Last Tuesday Society Viktor Wynd […]

How to commemorate the Reformation

Anglican Life The Latimer Trust   31 October 2017 marks 500 years since Martin Luther sent a copy of his Ninety Five Theses to Archbishop Albert of Mainz, the event that is considered the start of the Protestant Reformation. This month is thus a good time for an organisation like Latimer Trust, which is dedicated […]

Faith and science examine the Fall

Faith and science examine the Fall

Evolution and the Fall William T Cavanaugh and James K Smith (ed) Eerdmans, pb.   Many people will be tempted to buy this volume by the names of the two editors, both outstanding theologians, one a Roman Catholic and the other a Pentecostal. They will not be disappointed. This is a first-rate collection of essays […]