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Retirement is no reason to keep silent

Retirement is no reason to keep silent

As I write my column this week I am listening to the streaming video from York of the General Synod debate on Final Approval for the women bishops measure. The…

Gaza – when will the bloodshed end?

Gaza – when will the bloodshed end?

Since I started writing this occasional column on Middle East affairs in early 2012, the problem of Gaza has come up more than any other issue. If the Israel/Palestine conflict…

A tumultuous week for the Church

A tumultuous week for the Church

Just days before its historic decision to allow women into the episcopate, General Synod meeting in York has been given a shock in the form of Lord Carey’s dramatically announced…

Troubling times for the atheists

Troubling times for the atheists

Heresy hunters among the atheists are being kept busy these days by a new group within their midst: people who want to keep the atheist label but hanker after some…

Justin Welby’s Leadership Manual

Justin Welby’s Leadership Manual

“The reality is that where you have a good vicar you will find growing churches.” It was an unguarded statement by the Archbishop of Canterbury last New Year’s Eve when…

Petertide Ordinations – Special Souvenir Issue out today!

Petertide Ordinations – Special Souvenir Issue out today!

Don’t miss our special souvenir issue of our newspaper this week including listings for all the Petertide Ordinations.   To buy your copy click here …

A long overdue decision by Synod

A long overdue decision by Synod

Next week should be a time of great rejoicing in the Church of England. After decades of debate and unnecessary delay women will be admitted to all orders of ministry…

Interview: Prominent American Atheist Todd Stiefel talks with Peter Menkin about religion and God

Interview: Prominent American Atheist Todd Stiefel talks with Peter Menkin about religion and God

 by Peter Menkin It appears atheists and other flavors of non-believers are becoming more organized and louder in their voices of criticism of God and religion in America. This is…

Romance, slavery and race explored on film

Romance, slavery and race explored on film

Belle (cert. 12A) is the remarkable 18th century story of Dido Elizabeth Belle (Gugu Mbatha-Raw), illegitimate daughter of British naval officer Sir John Lindsay (Matthew Goode) and a black African…

End of life thinking – a new approach needed

End of life thinking – a new approach needed

The euthanasia lobby is mounting yet another attempt to legislate for ‘assisted suicide’, (Lord Falconer’s Assisted Dying Bill at Westminster and the Assisted Suicide Bill in Scotland). Understandably and laudably…

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