Right direction, wrong turn?

Right direction, wrong turn?

Reflections on the Archbishop’s Pentecost Letter By Benny Hazlehurst The Archbishop’s Pentecost letter to the Anglican Communion has grabbed the headlines for its call for the Episcopal Church to step down from 2 committees of the Anglican Communion, following the consecration of the Communion’s first openly lesbian Bishop, Mary Glasspool. But the bulk of Rowan […]

The role of bishops in the Big Society

The role of bishops in the Big Society

Paul Woolley, Director of Theos, argues that the ‘Big Society’ increases the chances of Bishops remaining in the House of Lords Is time running out for the Lords Spiritual? The evidence of the past couple of weeks has been rather contradictory. The media reported that Nick Clegg, the Deputy Prime Minister (pictured), who is in […]

Time to ‘Dream’ in Liverpool, and beyond…

Time to ‘Dream’ in Liverpool, and beyond…

By Bishop Graham Cray Fresh expressions of church are only properly understood in the context of a ‘mixed economy church’. The mixed economy is not a rhetorical device to allow the newer to coexist with the older. It is a commitment to maintain the unity and common life of the Spirit across an increasingly diverse […]

Appalled

Sir, I was appalled by Shaun Walton’s letter (June 11) which takes anti-Israel rhetoric to a new level, at least for a Christian newspaper. To describe Israel’s actions in terms of  “genocide”, “apartheid”, “acts of terrorism” and “weapons of mass destruction” all in one sentence is stupendous to say the least. The Bible tells us […]

Archbishop’s Lords worry

The Archbishop of Canterbury has warned about the danger of increasing the “partisan” nature of the House of Lords. Dr Rowan Williams’ comments came after the announcement by Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg of a committee to draw up a Bill for Lords reform by Christmas. The coalition partners have agreed to bring forward legislation […]

Parenting today

Sir, May I be permitted to comment briefly on the following words from Bob Mayo‘s piece in last week’s CEN (June 11): ‘… parenting has replaced partnership as the backbone of modern living. … inter-generational ties are negotiable but cross-generational obligations are absolute. It is the relationship between parent and child rather than between parents […]

Bishop’s call for a ban on genetic discrimination

Laws to prevent genetic discrimination may be necessary, the Bishop of Newcastle has argued. Advances in diagnosing the genetic components of diseases could lead to employers discriminating against workers or job seekers, Bishop Martin Wharton said in the House of Lords. “If discrimination is rightly banned on the grounds of race, gender, disability or sexual […]

Greenbelt

Sir, If anything could be more remarkable than Greenbelt, a Christian-majority festival, giving a platform to Peter Tatchell, who practises cruising (Independent, May 7), it’s their belief that this needs no comment. A sample response like ‘Having given the matter some consideration, we will not be commenting further at this stage’ (it was later explained that […]

Church issues new prayer for Father’s Day

FATHER’S DAY has been marked by the Church with a new prayer to allow children to give thanks for their dads. The Church is continuing on its campaign to embrace Father’s Day, which is dismissed by some as a commercial ploy in contrast to Mothering Sunday which has its roots in the Church. Last year […]

The pick of this summer’s conferences and retreats

The pick of this summer’s conferences and retreats

There are plenty of festivals and conferences to choose from this summer. Whether you are looking for some good teaching, music or a time to express yourself creatively there is something to choose from. Keswick Convention: Dates: July 17-23, July 24-30, July 31-August 6 Location: Keswick Started in 1875 by an Anglican and a Quaker […]