Why we should work in prisons

Why we should work in prisons

Why have all the pleasures of slowness disappeared? Where have they gone, the amblers of yesteryear, dreamers, idlers and wonderers? I am currently on a train in India looking up at God’s windows. I am spending time away before starting my next job as Chaplain at Rochester Prison. When I return my first concern will […]

You are on your own

You are on your own

Anglican Life Church Urban Fund The most significant social issue according to a recent survey of clergy is loneliness. Maybe at one level this is surprising – most of us have close neighbours and see a variety of people each day, so the potential for interaction at least should for many of us be quite […]

Easter focus on forgiveness

Easter focus on forgiveness

Forgiveness is the theme of a new give-away Easter magazine published by HOPE to help Christians start conversations about faith. In the cover feature HOPE at Easter draws parallels between the plot of Les Miserables – recently shown on TV – and the forgiveness and grace of God. “We are so grateful that 7,000 copies […]

A fresh perspective on Mothering Sunday

A fresh perspective on Mothering Sunday

Anglican Life WATCH   One of the frustrations of Christian life is the appropriation of religious festivals for secular purposes. Having just survived the usual frantic consumer Christmas, we now head towards the next celebration in our Christian calendar to be taken over by consumerism, Mothering Sunday. The card and flower industries, and all those […]

Inter-faith call for prayers as Yemen faces disaster

Inter-faith call for prayers as Yemen faces disaster

TEARFUND and Christian Aid are among leaders of faith-based international development agencies calling on churches and mosques to pray for the desperate humanitarian situation in Yemen this week. More than 14 million people are facing starvation and 85,000 children may have already died from extreme hunger since 2015, following nearly four years of war. Amanda Mukwashi, […]

Sport plus the Gospel: a winning combination

Sport plus the Gospel: a winning combination

Anglican Life Christians in Sport   Last week bookings opened for Sports Plus, Christian in Sport’s residential sports camps run across the British Isles each summer. They have been running for nearly 25 years and have grown from one camp of just 30 young people to nearly 700 young people attending six events in the […]

Two cheers for Jeremy Hunt

Two cheers for Jeremy Hunt

  There hasn’t been very much good news emerging from the government of late. So two rather unexpected cheers for the Foreign Secretary, Jeremy Hunt, who surprised everyone on 26 December by announcing – in an article in the [i] Telegraph – a review into the persecution of Christians worldwide. It doesn’t get much more […]

The Ukraine Orthodox crisis deepens

The Ukraine Orthodox crisis deepens

By Brian Cooper ECUMENICAL Patriarch Bartholomew’s recent actions have caused profound division within the world Orthodox family. These include the inauguration of a new ‘Orthodox Church of Ukraine – Kiev Patriarchate’, his ending – after three centuries — of the Russian Orthodox’s [Moscow Patriarchate] canonical authority over majority Ukrainian Orthodox Church, and Ukraine President Poroshenko’s […]

Why we need the global Church

Why we need the global Church

By Andrew Symes “Can anything good come out of Nazareth?” said Nathanael to Philip. Do we have anything to gain from associating with those from an insignificant backwater, like Jesus? Can we learn anything from disadvantaged people like his mother? Nathanael’s perhaps jesting but dismissive question is recorded by John. In Luke’s Gospel, we see […]

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