Guvna B: breaking the mould

Guvna B: breaking the mould

Award winning rap star reveals why he has written his new book By Colin Blakely Guvna B has a hope that church leaders would adopt a more open attitude to young people. “I would love to see church leaders be a bit more open and accepting to people who don’t necessarily fit the mould of […]

Effects of conversion therapy examined

THE OZANNE Foundation are working alongside Humanist UK to examine the role religious belief has on people’s understanding and acceptance of their sexual orientation in the UK. The research survey, backed by a multifaith advisory board, is in response to the government’s 2017 National LGBT Survey. There were around 108,000 respondents to that survey, with […]

A dangerous place for the Church?

By Andrew Carey   The Archbishop of Canterbury is putting the Church of England in a dangerous place with regard to his positioning on Brexit after an intervention in which he decried the notion of leaving the EU without a withdrawal agreement. He described it as something that “no single person chooses as their ideal.” […]

Review: Paul Merton makes his panto debut in ‘Aladdin’

Review: Paul Merton makes his panto debut in ‘Aladdin’

Aladdin ★★★ By Peter May The star pulling power for panto in Wimbledon may have slipped in recent years, this sadly hasn’t changed this year. There are no big names such as Pamela Anderson and David Hasselhoff from yesteryear but this Christmas we get Paul Merton and Lee Ryan. It doesn’t matter however because Pantomime at […]

4 million children facing Christmas in poverty

Spurgeons Christian Children’s Charity have produced a video highlighting how 4.1 million children will wake up this Christmas morning to another day in poverty. That’s an average of nine children in every classroom of 30. As well as highlighting the plight of vulnerable families, the film also outlines the impact the act of giving can […]

The place of men in church

The place of men in church

It is common knowledge that church attendance is declining, but are the number of men leaving outstripping the number of women or vice versa? Across all denominations between 1980 and 2015 the number of men in church on an average Sunday has fallen from a fraction over 2 million to 1.2 million, a drop of […]

the choice of the new books

the choice of the new books

Jane Shaw is a theologian who has taught at Oxford and a pastor who has served as Dean of Grace Cathedral in San Francisco. After a spell at Stanford University she is to return to Oxford as Principal of Harris Manchester College. In Pioneers of Modern Spirituality(DLT) she writes of four Anglicans who were noted […]

Church issues guidance on welcoming trans people

THE CHURCH of England has issued new pastoral guidance to use with the Affirmation of Baptismal Faith for a person who has undergone a gender transition. The guidance will be incorporated into Common Worship. The document has been approved by the House of Bishops. It follows a motion adopted at General Synod last year recognising […]

Archbishop: any Brexit deal must offer a ‘hopeful vision’

ANY BREXIT deal ‘must reflect a genuinely hopeful vision for our nation and its place,’ the Archbishop of Canterbury has said. His comments came during the House of Lords debate on the motion to take note of the Government’s EU Withdrawal Agreement, alongside an Opposition ‘motion to regret’. He underlined that ‘there is a vision […]

Prince Charles: ‘Suffering Christians are an inspiration to us all’

HIS Royal Highness The Prince of Wales attended a service to celebrate the contribution of Christians in the Middle East at a service in Westminster Abbey. The Anglican Archbishop in Jerusalem, Suheil Dawani, and the Archbishop of Canterbury were amongst more than a dozen church leaders representing the region’s Christian churches. “Time and again I […]