Interfaith dialogue versus collaboration

Interfaith dialogue versus collaboration

Bob Mayo   In the parish my interactions with Islamare shaped largely by identity and citizenship rather than doctrine and belief. I don’t comment on the Qur’an just as the Imam doesn’t comment on the Bible but we join together under the notion of what makes for good citizenship. Interfaith dialogue is replaced by interfaith […]

Bets and theses as we remember the Reformation

Bets and theses as we remember the Reformation

The usual feedback that I receive about articles is that I’m not ‘wearing of the green.’I can sing ‘Danny Boy’ as tunefully as fellow Whitstabubbleian Barry McGuigan but critics mean I’m cool on ‘global warming.’ Last month I enthused about France, hence this time Protestant reminders that 2017 is the 500th anniversary of Luther’s 95 Theses.Therefore […]

Giving prisoners a chance in life

Giving prisoners a chance in life

  By Rebecca Mulhearn   Imagine that you’ve just been released from prison. You struggle to read and you don’t have any qualifications. You’ve been out for a week and have spent that time trying to find a job. But no one is interested: not only do you have a criminal record but you can’t […]

Fury and admiration after the election result

Fury and admiration after the election result

By Rev Bob Mayo   I am caught by a combination of fury and admiration at the recent election result. Fury that we have once more been led into a period of uncertainty by our political leaders. Admiration at the democratic system that produced such a finely nuanced result that reflects so closely the voting […]

The danger of security in churches post-Manchester

By Nick Tolson   Many Cathedrals and churches have been reviewing their security following the terrorist attack in Manchester. Security has been incredibly neglected by places of worship over the past decade despite plenty of warning signs that they need to start taking it seriously and putting in place practical procedures to try and reduce […]

‘The last goodbye’?

‘The last goodbye’?

The Rev Canon Dr James Woodward Principal of Sarum College   Consider how we responded to HIV in the late 20th century. We find it hard to engage with those who are different. We fear contagion. It has also taken a long time for us to face the cruel reality of cancer, and to discover […]

Why do we find it so hard to accept difference?

Why do we find it so hard to accept difference?

by David G. Kibble   With the triggering of Article 50 we’re now on the way to independence from Europe. The referendum showed us that we are a divided nation: for and against Brexit, north and south and younger and older. Similar divisions were revealed in the American presidential election. That different people think differently, […]

Bridging the sacred and secular

Bridging the sacred and secular

By the Rev Dr Bob Mayo My day starts at 7am preparing for a funeral and finishes 18 hours later at 1am clearing up after a charity gig in church. Mumford and Sons are headlining a fundraising initiative for the Felix Project [www.thefelixproject.org] and we as the parish church have got caught in the middle […]

Startling growth and decline worldwide

Startling growth and decline worldwide

By David Goodhew, Cranmer Hall, St Johns College, Durham There has been startling growth in the Anglican Communion since 1980. This is the conclusion of new research from an international team of researchers in a new book published by Routledge, [i] Growth and Decline in the Anglican Communion, 1980 to the Present. There are now […]

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