Cameron the repeat offender

Cameron the repeat offender

  In its context it didn’t sound as bad as his critics claim, but with the use of the phrase ‘bunch of migrants’ David Cameron is proving himself to be a repeat offender. Worse still was his use of the word ‘swarm’ last summer, to describe the migrant problem then. He and his government colleagues […]

CD Choice: Jason Carter – Seeking the Divine

Independent: (http://bit.ly/1RVikXO) Carter is more than a harp guitarist extraordinaire. He is a consummate artist. His photos and videos overflow with colour and character. So it is a little surprising perhaps, that his guitar work can sometimes be so restrained and delicate. If you tried to pigeonhole his music, you would have to start with […]

Fixing the date of Easter?

Fixing the date of Easter?

  By Bishop Michael Nazir-Ali There have been a number of reports in the Press about the Archbishop of Canterbury announcing impending ecumenical agreement for the date of Easter to be fixed for the second or third Sunday in April. Is this what has been agreed and, if so, is this desirable? From the earliest […]

Why saints don’t live on Park Avenue

Why saints don’t live on Park Avenue

  The Big Short (dir. Adam McKay, cert. 15) is the story of American financiers who anticipated the collapse of the mortgage market that led to the collapse of banks that led to a world financial crisis – and thwarted Gordon Brown’s claim to have ended boom and bust economics. The outcome seems to be […]

A new Sunday for churches

A new Sunday for churches

  There are plenty of special Sundays in the church calendar: Education Sunday, Bible Sunday and Back to Church Sunday, for example. But there will soon be a new one, if Changing Attitude has its way. In its latest newsletter, the pro-gay group says it is planning to launch a ‘Rainbow Sunday’ and they hope […]

Great new products for the New Year

Great new products for the New Year

  How are the New Year resolutions working out? If you decided to make some changes this year I hope that opting to ditch the chemicals in your personal care products was high on the list: there are more and more reports hitting the press about the problems with synthetic fragrances, triclosan, phthalates and other […]

Jokes Archbishops tell

Jokes Archbishops tell

The Archbishop of Canterbury has been at the World Economic Summit in Davos this last week, following in the footsteps of previous Archbishops who have been invited in previous years. It is the gathering of the some of the most influential people in the world, but this year marked a first. It was commonly agreed […]

Chichester responds to its critics

Chichester responds to its critics

  Months after its first astonishing announcement purporting to apologise for sexual abuse conducted against some unnamed ‘victim’ by the late, great Bishop George Bell, the Diocese of Chichester has at last begun to respond to many people who have criticised and lambasted it. Last October you will remember that the Bishop of Chichester settled […]

The Calvinist writer feted by President Obama

The Calvinist writer feted by President Obama

  The Givenness of Things Marilynne Robinson Virago, hb, £18.99 In his final book Who Are We? Samuel P Huntington wrote that American was essentially a Protestant nation and that the Protestantism that has shaped American culture was not that of Anglican or Lutheran established Churches but dissenting Protestantism ‘of that kind which is most […]

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