Should the UK start bombing ISIS in Syria?

Should the UK start bombing ISIS in Syria?

By Jeremy Moodey The issue of UK military action against targets inside Syria is back on the political agenda. The catalyst is last month’s atrocity in Tunisia, in which 38 tourists, most of them British, were murdered by an ISIS gunman. How should the British government respond? As a politician who is almost Blairite in […]

A Bishop’s call to repentance…

A Bishop’s call to repentance…

By Susie Leafe, Reform On the final day at General Synod this month I was thrilled to hear a Bishop of the Church of England talking about the spiritual problem we all face. The Bishop of Salisbury said: “We get things fundamentally wrong, especially when we behave as though we are the centre of everything. […]

Seeking Asylum in Britain! Napoleon after Waterloo

Seeking Asylum in Britain! Napoleon after Waterloo

by Graham Gendall Norton Last month, we all had our fill in the media of the 200th anniversary of the battle of Waterloo (on 18 June, which was a Sunday) But what happened afterwards to Napoleon? He did not stay with what remained of his defeated army: he got back to Paris three days afterwards, […]

Marking out the red lines

Marking out the red lines

By Martin Down The Archbishop of Sydney recently told a meeting of the Anglican Church League of Australia (CEN 1 May) that if the other Australian bishops do not abide by a protocol that allows clergy to have sexual relations only within the context of heterosexual marriage, then the diocese of Sydney would secede from […]

Government policy is a disgrace

Government policy is a disgrace

Last weekend 50 Syrian Christian families flew into Warsaw, having been chased out of their homes in areas of the country controlled by so-called Islamic State. The Polish and Belgium governments have been among the first in Europe to accept such significant communities of Christians en masse. The Christian relief agency, the Barnabas Fund, has […]

A most memorable week

A most memorable week

By Jayne Ozanne , Accepting Evangelicals I had gone to the General Convention of The Episcopal Church at the invitation of Integrity, a pioneering LGBT organisation that was formed exactly 40 years ago (such a biblical number!) to help campaign for full inclusion and acceptance of LGBT Christians within the Episcopal Church. The chapter that […]

Child abuse, historic and present

Child abuse, historic and present

Child sexual abuse is being examined by the government, especially in regard to ‘historic’ abuse, and that is the target of the new inquiry chaired by New Zealand Judge Lowell Goddard. She says that she will ‘name names’ and has written to hundreds of institutions in England and Wales concerning possible abuse over the past […]

We are not being fair to the poor

We are not being  fair to the poor

By Alan Storkey The Budget included a much-heralded change to Inheritance Tax, which allows a couple to pass on a million pound home when they die without tax. The allowance for each partner goes up from £325,000 to £500,000. George Osborne and David Cameron have pointed out that when people have worked hard all their […]

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