Church Life in Scotland

Church Life in Scotland

Peter Brierley   The fourth Scottish Church Census was held on Sunday, 8 May 2016, and the results of that major exercise have now been released.They show that 390,000 people in Scotland attend church on a normal Sunday, some 7.2 per cent of the population.In England the percentage is 5.3 per cent of the population. […]

Music Choice: The Brilliance – All is Not Lost

(Integrity Music) Yet again, the Brilliance have offered us a wonderful collection that is simple, inventive, understated, and a fine example of how to do worship music well. Take “Gravity of Love.” It is singable and short. But within that, they manage lyrically to be both eternal and twenty-first century. They will please those who […]

Poetry and passion brought together

Poetry and passion brought together

Review by the Rev Steve Parish     A Quiet Passion (cert. 12A) is an homage by writer-director Terence Davies to 19th century American poet Emily Dickinson (Emma Bell / later Cynthia Nixon). It begins at school with her questioning why her prayers should make much difference to the Creator, suggesting rebellion to the teacher […]

Remembering a Dean

Remembering a Dean

A Great and Godly Dean: The Life of Edward Carpenter Michael De-la-Noy Gloriette Publications,hb, £10. Available from Church House Bookshop   To read this book is to be reminded of just how much the Church of England has changed. Michael De-la-Noy refers to change several times. He remarks that confirmation numbers at Westminster School were […]

Passing on our faith

Passing on our faith

Anglican Life New Wine   I have three children. Nia is 20. Owen is 18. Elliot is 15.They are all different. Very individual. Different motivators, different temperaments, but all great fun. I became a Christian when I was 15. When my wife and I had children we were in effect first generation followers of Jesus. […]

The ideology that won’t die

The ideology that won’t die

By Zaki Cooper   The furore over Ken Livingstone’s remarks have brought anti-Semitism into the spotlight again. The former London Mayor’s distasteful comments about how Hitler “supported Zionism” before he “went mad” are as morally repugnant as they are historically wrong. They are the latest diatribes from a politician who would think of himself as […]

Review: 42nd Street is an absolute toe tapping triumph!

Review: 42nd Street is an absolute toe tapping triumph!

42nd Street By Peter May ***** “Musical comedy – the most glorious words in the English language”. Not my words but of the character Julian Marsh utters mid way through this production. It would be hard to argue with that statement as this latest revival is positively stunning. From start to finish this toe tapping […]

A Summer of unity lies ahead

A Summer of unity lies ahead

Summer festival season this year kicks off with the Spring Harvest festival, where both Archbishop Justin Welby and Archbishop John Sentamu will speak. The theme of Spring Harvest this year is ‘One for All’ and the theme of the event is ‘Unity’. Archbishop Justin will be at the Butlin’s resort in Minehead on Palm Sunday […]

‘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 […]