Showbiz mission

Showbiz mission

St Paul’s Church in Covent Garden is known as the ‘actors’ church’ and an organisation associated with it, the Actors’ Church Union, once did a great deal to foster a Christian ministry in the theatre. Dame Sybil Thorndike was a great supporter. But Dame Sybil died in 1976 and new times call for new initiatives. […]

New Bishop talks about her role

New Bishop talks about her role

The Rev Anne Hollinghurst, just appointed as the new Bishop of Aston, talks about her faith journey, why, although she is a contemplative, likes the company of others and how her husband introduced her to the pleasures of Real Ale pubs…

Promoted to Glory

Promoted to Glory

One of the great Christians of the 20th Century, Elizabeth Elliot, has died. A memorial service was held for her on 22 June at Gordon College in Massachusetts. She was 88 and had been suffering from dementia. Elizabeth went with her husband, Jim, as a missionary to remote tribal peoples in Ecuador in the 1950s. […]

Two politicians on gay marriage

Two politicians on gay marriage

In a damming article New Statesman editor, Jason Cowley, has questioned Andy Burnham’s fitness to lead the Labour Party, saying both his intellectual ability and character are in doubt. Burnham started life as an ambitious Blairite; now he has moved left to court the union vote. Raised a Catholic and educated at a Catholic comprehensive […]

Blushing with health

Blushing with health

If the good weather has sent you into the garden tending your tomato plants you may well be feeling pleased with yourself. We’ve always known tomatoes are good for us, as ‘fruits’ go they are extremely versatile and hugely beneficial and now it seems that they contain a cancer-fighting extract, a powerful antioxidant that could […]

Actress says people can be ‘Holy and Horny’

Actress says people can be ‘Holy and Horny’

THE ISSUE of sexuality is to be the focus of a new one-woman show touring the UK later this year. ‘Holy and Horny’ features actress Tonya Joy Bolton playing 20 different characters as she tackles a subject the churches prefer to shun. She toured with the show last year, and it garnered praise from church […]

Inside the mind of a terrorist

Inside the mind of a terrorist

By Andrew Carey It requires a combination of extraordinary mental gymnastics and self-deception to truly believe that there is no connection between what terrorists claim motivates them and what they then go on to do. “If you want to find a terrorist, look for people buying dodgy chemicals, not people saying their prayers,” writes Canon […]

Prune and prioritize

Prune and prioritize

Phil Potter, Archbishops’ Missioner and team leader of Fresh Expressions, discusses making space for new things to bear fruit… A group of people were preparing for an ascent to the top of Mont Blanc in the French Alps, and were told to leave behind all unnecessary equipment as it was an arduous and difficult climb. […]

The Elephant Man – fascinated and fascinating

The Elephant Man – fascinated and fascinating

THE STORY of the ‘Elephant Man’, John Merrick, is well-known, mainly for the award-winning depiction by John Hurt in the 1980 movie. Now it comes to the West End, with Merrick portrayed by Bradley Cooper. However, unlike the movie, the Hollywood superstar does not depend on make-up or prosthetics to convey the deformity. Joseph (also […]

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