This week’s edition

This week’s edition

We lead this week with the announcement of £27 million in grants to help establish more than 100 new churches up and down the country. Some of these will be ‘fresh expressions’, some will be aimed at younger people while others will help to grow existing initiatives. The money will be focused on coastal areas, […]

Synod gives a formal welcome to its Religious Communities

GENERAL SYNOD welcomed a draft canon to incorporate religious communities into The Church of England. The Synod agreed in February that there should be a canon specifically focused on religious communities. The Draft version was presented to Synod for first consideration. The Bishop of Manchester said the motion was ‘about our owning our religious communities […]

Review: The Heart of Hollywood Tour ★★★★★

Review: The Heart of Hollywood Tour ★★★★★

The Heart of Hollywood Tour ★★★★★ By Peter May   It can be seen from space and is probably the most recognisable sign in the world. What started out as a sign originally created in 1923 as an advertisement for a local real estate development, the Hollywoodland sign became an American landmark and cultural icon.   […]

The Spiritual Director

By the Rev Dr Liz Hoare   Where can I go from your spirit? Or where can I flee from your presence? If I ascend to heaven, you are there; if I make my bed in Sheol, you are there. If I take the wings of the morning and settle at the farthest limits of […]

Sunday Service

7th Sunday after Trinity (Proper 10) — Sunday 15th July 2018   Amos 7:7-15 Ephesians 1:3-14 Mark 6:14-29   Over the next few weeks, the lectionary affords us an opportunity to reflect on Paul’s letter to the Ephesians. Beginning this week in chapter 1, we are urged to praise God because we have every spiritual […]

Chinese insights into Christian theology

Chinese insights into Christian theology

Chinese Public Theology Alexander Chow OUP, hb, £65.00   China is home to a large Christian population. As an indication of the strength of Christianity Alexander Chow quotes a Christian thinker whose blog has over 9 million followers, far more than the total population of Scotland at 5.2 million people. But Chinese Christianity is not […]

Darth Vicar joins ordination celebration

Darth Vicar joins ordination celebration

Ten newly ordained Deacons and the Bishops of Hull, Selby and Whitby had an unexpected meeting with the stormtroopers of Sentinel Squad UK (fb.me/thesentinelsquaduk) following their photo call outside York Minster at the end of last weekend’s ordination service. The Sentinel Squad was on charity fundraising duty outside the Minster and was invited to join […]

Marital muddle

Marital muddle

By Peter Brierley   The Office of National Statistics (ONS) has to record the marital status of the population accurately, but this is getting more difficult.It’s not that it doesn’t have the numbers – it does – but it’s the best format in which to publish them when broken down by other factors. Initially there […]

Mothers’ Union launches its Summer of Hope appeal

Mothers’ Union launches its Summer of Hope appeal

Members of the public enjoyed tea and cake at Southwark Cathedral last week as part of Mothers’ Union’s ‘Summer of Hope’ appeal. A spokesperson for the movement said that their aim was simple: “To help more families, parents and church groups turn their hopes and prayers into reality. But we cannot do it alone.” They […]

Middle East Christians building hope in dark times

Middle East Christians building hope in dark times

By Tim Livesey Anglican Life Embrace the Middle East   Imagine yourself: of a certain age, with a distinguished record, a speaker of many languages, firm in your faith, scion of an extended family, respected in your community; but feeling frail and for a number of reasons going through hard, even dark times. Or maybe imagine […]