A Commonwealth of faiths

A Commonwealth of faiths

As the Commonwealth Heads of Government began their meeting in London this week, new research has cast light on the religious make-up of the 53-member grouping. The conclusion of the research, carried out by the Council of Christians and Jews, found that the Commonwealth is a vibrant multi-faith entity, but that religious freedom is still […]

London Diocese unites to tackle homelessness in the capital

London Diocese unites to tackle homelessness in the capital

A Chat with The Rt Rev Adrian Newman, Bishop of Stepney CLERGY in London parishes can help tackle homelessness day-to-day, according to the Bishop of Stepney, the Rt Rev Adrian Newman, who is championing the Diocese of London Homelessness Appeal: Tackling Homelessness Together. According to the Rt Rev Pete Broadbent, Bishop of Willesden and Acting […]

Hoping in Hope

Hoping in Hope

By Rev Canon J John   Popular belief has it that the third Monday of January is the most depressing time of the year. In fact this is probably now one of those self-fulfilling prophecies that will indeed prove to be true. Whatever the case, it’s certainly true that January, with cold rain lashing against […]

Churches and the domestic agenda

Churches and the domestic agenda

Ross Hendry   Ross Hendry, Chief Executive of Spurgeons Children’s Charity, comments on the role of the church in bridging the gap between the government’s domestic agenda to support those in society who need it most   What does the new deputy chairman of the Conservative Party have in common with a vicar in West […]

The Challenge of Growth

The Challenge of Growth

By Peter Brierley   The 2018 Edition of UK Church Statisticshas just been published and gives a detailed overview of British Christianity at this moment in the 21st century. It reflects what we already know: that the big institutional churches (the Church of England, Church of Scotland and the Roman Catholic Churches) are all continuing to […]

Beware: your friends might be making you ill

Beware: your friends might be making you ill

A Chat With Tim Cantopher   Your friends might be making you ill. That is the message in Tim Cantopher’s new book, distilled from his long career as a psychiatrist in London. What is interesting is that most of his patients were surprised to find that their illnesses were being caused by those around them. […]

How do churches die?

How do churches die?

Rev Jeremy Morris   In the 1960s and 1970s, faced with the rapid contraction of churchgoing in Britain, sociologists, social commentators and theologians often predicted the demise of the mainstream churches.Traditional Christianity, it seemed, was in headlong flight: once popular organisations, such as the Mothers’ Union and the Church of England Men’s Society, were subsiding […]

Why churches shouldn’t do charity

Why churches shouldn’t do charity

Rev Bob Mayo   My church doesn’t do charity. We have relationships with people in difficult circumstances. This means being with people rather than doing things for them. One such relationship was with Michael. For my first five years in the parish he came every evening to the vicarage for a cheese sandwich and a […]

Women priests 25 years on. . .

Women priests 25 years on. . .

Anglican Life WATCH   On 11 November 25 years ago I, along with many others, spent the day waiting. I did my waiting in London outside Church House Westminster. The day began with the singing of songs and the waving of banners as I joined other members of the Movement for the Ordination of Women […]