Anglican support for ecumenical Christian heritage project

BISHOP John Arnold last week presided over the rededication of the Old Chapel Museum and historic libraries at the Christian Heritage Centre at Stonyhurst, which is in his Catholic diocese of Salford. The bishop was joined by over 100 distinguished guests, who includedthe traditional King of Etioni in Nigeria. Two Anglican bishops, Philip North, Bishop […]

Archbishop hits out at selective education

EDUCATIONAL institutions must have the ‘boldness’ to challenge the selective system, the Archbishop of Canterbury has said. His comments put him at odds with the Conservative Party, whose last manifesto committed them to expanding the Grammar school system. After their disastrous General Election showing the commitment was dropped. Archbishop Welby was leading a debate in […]

Tackling police suicides

Tackling police suicides

By Rev Richard Armitage Former police chaplain the Rev Richard Armitage was concerned about the number of police suicides. He undertook his own research . . .   Working as a police chaplain for a great number of years, my respect for officers had continued to grow over the years and there was an ever-increasing […]

Light in the darkness

Light in the darkness

By J John   For those of us who live in the northern hemisphere this is the darkest part of the year and many of us feel the lack of light badly. We often leave home for work before sunrise and arrive back after sunset. Indeed many people, whose jobs involve staring at computer screens […]

A Christian statesman

A Christian statesman

Billy Graham Andrew Finstuen, Anne Blue Wills, Grant Wacker Oxford, hb, £22.99   Summing up Billy Graham’s achievement one contributor in this volume of essays quotes a church historian who said Graham ‘allowed America to become comfortable with evangelicalism’. This is no longer the case. Graham’s efforts have been in vain. Thanks to evangelical support […]

Listening to the voices of Palestinian Christians

Listening to the voices of Palestinian Christians

By Rev Canon Garth Hewitt   Dr Mitri Raheb, Pastor of the Lutheran Evangelical Christmas Church in Bethlehem, reflected on Trump’s recent speech and draws a Biblical parallel. He says: “The Christmas story starts with an imperial decree signed by Caesar Augustus. As I was watching President Trump’s address… I couldn’t help but think of […]

A unique Carol service

A unique Carol service

Organisers hope that tomorrow’s accessible Carol service in Newcastle Cathedral will be replicated around the country in future years   For several years David Lucas and Bill Braviner, two of the founders of Disability and Jesus, ran a carol service for the Guide Dog family in the north east, including guide dog owners, puppy walkers, […]

Inspiring music in worship

Inspiring music in worship

Anglican Life Royal School of Church Music   The Royal School of Church Music, RSCM, unveils a new project working in partnership with Praxis. “Education at RSCM now encompasses training for the leaders of worship (whether ordained or lay) firmly based on a theology that can help individual churches reach consensus through prayer, study and […]

Church leaders raise concerns over Trump’s Jerusalem move

CHURCH leaders have written to Donald Trump, ‘raising serious concerns’ over the US President’s announcement that the US will officially recognise Jerusalem as Israel’s capital and relocate the United States Embassy in Israel to Jerusalem from Tel Aviv. The Presidential Proclamation,made on 6 December, stated that ‘The foreign policy of the United States is grounded […]

The quest for peace in the Middle East

The quest for peace in the Middle East

Sami Awad, a Palestinian evangelical Christian, writes about President Donald Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel   By Sami Awad   Donald Trump’s action did not personally surprise me. Sadly, US policy towards the Palestinian-Israeli conflict has for the most part been one-sided towards Israel. Previous US presidents did not take such […]