Church and state clash

Church and state clash

The Great Church Crisis and the End of English Erastianism, 1898 -1906 Bethany Kilcrease Routledge, hb, £73.68 (£34.99 on Kindle)   This slim book by an American historian who will probably be unknown to most readers of CEN offers a striking new interpretation of British political and religious history in the early years of the […]

The Scottish Episcopal Church has let us down

The Scottish Episcopal Church has let us down

By Bishop Rod Thomas   The decision by the Scottish Episcopal Church (SEC) to change its canons of marriage so that they no longer refer specifically to marriage between a man and a woman lets us all down. It lets down those who want to be faithful to Scripture. We believe the Bible is God’s […]

The ‘Good’ life: spending our retirement years among refugees

The ‘Good’ life: spending our retirement years among refugees

As Refugee Week starts next week, a Dorset couple are preparing to go and serve with Church Mission Society at a burgeoning local church centre that is meeting the everyday spiritual, physical and educational needs of Syrian refugees. As it turns out, it’s a role they’ve been training for all their lives.   There was […]

A stitch in time. . .

A stitch in time. . .

Anglican Life Church Army   The room is an explosion of colour, with rolls of fabric and spools of thread scattered around.Some women are bent over their sewing machines, their faces intense with concentration. One woman is cutting up a brightly patterned purple and white material to make an apron, another is making a fabric […]

Neal Morse: the musissionary

Neal Morse: the musissionary

By Derek Walker   The show was packed with life-long rock fans, and many had seen the best bands around. Some had been queuing for hours to get a good place in the sold-out venue. Word was that some had been to each of the four UK gigs on this tour. As the show began, […]

Insights into extremism

Insights into extremism

The Strange Death of Europe Douglas Murray Bloomsbury, hb, £18.99   ‘It’s the economy, stupid’ was how Clinton adviser James Carville summed up his political strategy. For years it was commonly accepted that elections were won or lost depending on the performance of the economy. The world has moved on and in the US and […]

Future Anglican attendance

Future Anglican attendance

Peter Brierley   A few years ago at one of July meetings in York of the General Synod of the Church of England the comment was made that “the average age of an Anglican churchgoer was 61,” and while this was quickly queried by the Research and Statistics Department, steps were subsequently taken to try […]

Lessons from the first Anglican missionaries in India

Lessons from the first Anglican missionaries in India

Why were the first“Anglican” missionaries sent by British mission societies to India in the early 18th century in fact European Lutherans? Why were no English Anglicans ready to go to India when other clergy, such as the Wesleys, went readily to the North American colonies? This question intrigued Professor Daniel Jeyaraj, Professor of World Christianity […]