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Is criticism of Israel really anti-Semitic?

Is criticism of Israel really anti-Semitic?

In a recent column for this newspaper, Andrew Carey criticised activists who seek to hold Israel to account for its actions in Gaza and elsewhere in the occupied Palestinian territories…

Mission with a heart for the needy

Mission with a heart for the needy

For centuries the church has been at the heart of communities up and down the country. Whether that’s been as a weekly place of worship, a place of sanctuary for…

The challenge facing the whole world

The challenge facing the whole world

By The Very Rev Canon Patrick Augustine   Today’s mail brought me a passionate plea from the Vicar of Baghdad, the Rev Andrew White. He wrote: “I’m almost in tears…

Star’s trek up cathedral

Star’s trek up cathedral

Star Trek actor George Takei went to the top of Chester Cathedral tower while on a visit to the city recently. The star – Mr Sulu in the sci-fi TV…

Why the Bishop of Leeds is right about the Government

Why the Bishop of Leeds is right about the Government

The Bishop of Leeds is spot-on in his criticisms of government foreign policy. The coalition’s outlook on the world has never been remarkable for its joined-up thinking and things have…

A risky journey – reflections on the General Synod vote on women bishops

A risky journey – reflections on the General Synod vote on women bishops

There were many reasons for the way people voted on the final vote for the Women Bishops’ Measure at York. Most who voted against were well aware that the vote…

Politicians and the crisis of credibility

Politicians and the crisis of credibility

It’s a cliche to say that conventional politics is in crisis. Political leaders are unpopular. Membership of political parties is plunging even faster than church attendance. MPs lack credibility. First…

The Church is family

The Church is family

Last month the General Synod met in York and finally passed legislation to enable both women and men to be bishops in the Church of England. For many it is…

The need for careful words in a crisis

The need for careful words in a crisis

How do you know whether opposition to Israel is driven by anti-Semitism, as is often the claim made by Israelis and their supporters or sympathisers? Protesters who carry banners saying…

SAT-7 programmes support Middle East viewers in Iraq and Gaza crises

SAT-7 programmes support Middle East viewers in Iraq and Gaza crises

Millions of viewers of Christian TV broadcaster SAT-7 live in the eye of the storms that are currently engulfing the Middle East. Among them are large numbers watching from Iraq…

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