Who regulates the regulators?

Our institutional life is now very well stocked with regulatory bodies. These are governmental agencies charged with overseeing the fairness and transparency in major areas of public life. They usually have the prefix ‘Of’, short for ‘office for…’, thus Ofwatis the regulator for our water supply.Ofsted is possibly the best known, although Ofgen, regulating energy […]

Loving God’s world

Loving God’s world

By The Rt Revd Paul Bayes   Last week I saw this editorial from the Scientific American. [The New Science of Sex and Gender – Scientific Americanhttp://bit.ly/2ycwwIT]. It is not itself a piece of science, but I was moved on reading it to tweet this: “The real world is complex, and we find out more […]

You can. We can. Toucan.

You can. We can. Toucan.

A Chat With Mark and Christine Daniel When he picked her up for their first date Mark Daniel was in leathers and on his motorbike. All these years later when I met them, it was Christine who was wearing the leather jacket. They were here to talk about their new relationship app, Toucan. And there […]

Primates ‘should be honest about divisions,’ says Gafcon

“WE AREN’T walking together. We should be honest about those facts,” Gafcon claimed this week as the Primates’ Meeting began. In the absence of three Gafcon-affiliated Primates at this week’s meeting in Canterbury, the conservative group have been outspoken in their views, going so far as to say that neither the Scottish or American Episcopal Churches […]

Dr Ashenden is made a bishop

FORMER Queen’s Chaplain, the Rev Dr Gavin Ashenden, has been consecrated as a Missionary Bishop to Anglicans inthe UK and Europe for the Christian Episcopal Church of Canada and the USA. The CEC is a traditionalist Anglican denomination that split from The Episcopal Church in the United States (TEC) in the 1980s. The bishops uphold that their Orders derive from both Anglican and Roman […]

Number of ordinands at a 10-year high, figures show

THE OVERALLnumber of ordinands entering training this year is 544, the highest in 10 years, according to the latest Ministry Division statistics Figures show an increase of 14 per cent on last year (when the figure was 476), while the overall number of new young ordinands is up by 39 per cent (151) on last […]

Vicars thanked

PARISHES and schools across the country are being invited to join in ‘Thank Your Vicar’ week, starting on 15 October. The charity St Luke’s Healthcare for the Clergy is hosting the event to coincide with the feast day of St Luke on 18 October. A spokesman said: “Thank Your Vicar Week gives parishes and Church […]

Archbishop Welby admits he struggles with the gay issue

ARCHBISHOP Welby has said that he ‘can’t give a straight answer’ to the question of whether gay sex is sinful. The question was posed by interviewer Alistair Campbell for GQ magazine, and the Anglican leader admitted that he is ‘struggling with the issue’. Archbishop Welby said he doesn’t ‘do blanket condemnation’ and he hasn’t got […]

Sunday Service

18th Sunday after Trinity – Sunday 15th October 2017   Isaiah 25:1-9 Philippians 4:1-9 Matthew 22:1-14   In this week’s reading from Philippians, Paul exhorts us to rejoice in the Lord Jesus. Rejoice! Again, I say, rejoice! Paul says it twice, so it must be important. This seems to be an over-arching theme in this […]

The changing nature of politics: Labour Party Conference report

By Stephen Beer   THE CONFERENCE season provides an annual opportunity for political leaders to promote their visions and for activists to debate policy and encourage each other. Normally, leaders try to speak to two audiences: the electorate outside the hall and party members inside. They are pitching to members of the public nearer the […]