The need for fairness

By Liam Purcell These are worrying times for anyone concerned about poverty and inequality in the UK. The economic crisis and recession have hit all of us hard. They have driven more people into poverty, and had their worst effects on those who were already struggling to get by. They have also highlighted the appalling […]

Clerical councillors

Sir, I should have known better. In the obituary, in last week’s paper, of James Lennox, a priest for 72 years, I said he was one of the first Anglican clerics to become a town councillor, being elected to Huddersfield borough council in the 1950s. Within hours of the obit appearing I was told by […]

Baptism today

Sir, Roger Godin of “Baptismal Integrity” (letters, April 23) supports Gill Stanning’s supposed integrity and that of his own group’s similar position. He is concerned “that [baptism] is carried out with integrity …” but fails to realise the inherent lack of integrity of his “open to both” position. Firstly, as explained in my reply to […]

Liberal views?

Sir, I do not disagree with Mrs. Margaret Brown in wanting our Church of England to be a lively, warm and welcoming place of devotion to God, nor in hoping that our organisation and practice in future will be according to his wilI. I do fear, however, that as long as people of one view continue […]

Logical errors in Declaration dismissal

Sir, The admirable Steve Chalke makes five separate logical errors in shunning the Westminster 2010 Declaration. First, promoting life, marriage and conscience is complementary to emphasising relationships and transformation. Where’s the either/or? Second, don’t the joint claims of life, marriage and conscience alone merit a signature? Few Declarations cover a whole worldview. Third, these are […]

Faithworks and the General Election

Sir, Faithworks welcomes the engagement of all Christians in the democratic process, and are pleased to see that the issue of Christian engagement with politics dominate the front page of the Church of England Newspaper this week. However we would dispute the assertion that ‘rancour has broken out between groups of Christians trying to encourage […]

Former X Factor finalist to play Gospel festival

Former X Factor finalist to play Gospel festival

The Former X Factor finalist, Rachel Hylton, has spoken of her excitement at performing at this year’s Oraclez festival. The event boasts a star-studded line-up of world-famous Gospel artists, including Faith Evans and Fred Hammond. “I did Oraclez last year and I’m doing it again this year. To me, Gospel is to be real and […]

Pope-bashing: a sign of secular contempt?

Pope-bashing: a sign of secular contempt?

Religion and politics truly are entwined grotesquely as we run up to the General Election. The Foreign Office ‘blue sky’ thinking memo ridiculing the Pope and Roman Catholic ethics was a gaffe almost beyond imagining. The British Foreign Office, once the epitome of the stuffed shirt stickler for protocol and detail, is now revealed as […]

Don’t vote for a party. Join one!

Don’t vote for a party. Join one!

Andy Flanagan One of my favourite jokes as a teenager was, “How many church committee members does it take to change a lightbulb?”. The answer was “Change?”. I suspect that tells you all you need to know about what a geeky teenager I was, but also the prevailing perception of church life at the time. […]

BNP’s claims are ‘nonsense’

BNP’s claims are ‘nonsense’

CLAIMS by the British National Party that it is the “guardian of Britain’s Christian heritage” have been stoutly dismissed as “nonsense” by a leading cleric in a multi-ethnic northern diocese. The swipe at the ultra-right wing BNP comes from Canon Sam Randall, Officer for Church in the World to Bishop of Bradford David James. It […]