Bishops offer to say a prayer for the public

Bishops offer to say a prayer for the public

This Lenten season Christians will have the chance to offer their hopes and concerns to God in the form of a prayer posted on www.sayoneforme.org, a prayer web service.   Say One for Me is a Church of England website that gives Christians the opportunity to post prayers anonymously during Lent, which runs from March […]

Tony Blair searches for films of faith

Tony Blair searches for films of faith

The Tony Blair Faith Foundation’s global film competition, Faith Shorts 2011, is seeking video shorts from young people on how faith inspires them in their daily life. Faith Shorts 2011 encourages young adults between the ages of 14 and 18 to make and submit videos about what their faith means to them. Winning films will […]

Why must we suffer meaningless jargon in our churches?

Sir, What was described as ‘a first “all ages” service’ was held at Angersleigh, Somerset, on Sunday. In fact for the 80 years I have been attending services here, all services have been for all ages. The service turned out to be a children’s service, so ‘all ages’ was doubly misleading. (And what did the […]

Revolutions and the church

Revolutions and the church

By George Lings The international news has been full of developments in North Africa and the Middle East. Hope and uncertainty live cheek-by-jowl. The older among us find it reminiscent of 1989, with the collapse of power structures in central and Eastern Europe and lively questions of what would flourish instead. In a longer perspective […]

Preparing the people of God for ministry

Preparing the people of God for ministry

IN THE 21st century it is no surprise we are finding fewer and fewer hours to read the Bible. For example, a person who works a 60-hour week, who sleeps 57 hours a week and who spends 25 hours a week going about household chores, only has 26 hours of ‘discretionary’ time left to use […]

Is it democracy they’re looking for?

Analysis By Peter Marsden Are Middle Eastern protesters risking life and limb for democracy, or are they simply battling for basics? In the West, there has been vexed debate as to whether democracy is feasible in the Middle East. Some suggest the region is better served by benevolent dictators or kindly monarchs. In our experience, […]

Plea for annual St George holiday

THE ARCHBISHOP of York, Dr John Sentamu, has called for a double May Day celebration on May 1 and May 2. Owing to a once-in-100-years anomaly, St George’s day is being shifted from April 23, which is Holy Saturday, to May 2 so as not to clash with the Easter weekend. Dr Sentamu says he […]

Bishop’s experiment with Record holder

Bishop’s experiment with Record holder

A BISHOP and a Guinness World Record holder will begin an experimental year of ministry in Towyn & Kinmel Bay in Wales. Prior to retirement the two senior clergymen, Bishop Stephen Lowe and Canon Clive Southerton, aim to bring their wealth of experience to the area. The experiment is known as interim or transitional ministry […]

Forestry U-turn is welcomed by Bishop

Forestry U-turn is welcomed by Bishop

The Government’s U-turn on forestry has been welcomed by the Bishop of Gloucester, who had been at the heart of a campaign to safeguard the Forest of Dean. Bishop Michael Perham had been intending to move an amendment in the House of Lords to the Public Bodies Bill, protecting the Forest of Dean from a […]

Celebrating British sculpture today

Celebrating British sculpture today

Modern British Sculpture Royal Academy until April 7, 2011 From cathedral reredos and richly carved fonts to crusader effigies and preaching crosses, sculpture was readily prominent in the visual landscape of mediaeval Christian England. The Reformation destroyed much, but enough survived – especially in rural parishes – for the national sculptural tradition to revive by […]