The danger of security in churches post-Manchester

By Nick Tolson   Many Cathedrals and churches have been reviewing their security following the terrorist attack in Manchester. Security has been incredibly neglected by places of worship over the past decade despite plenty of warning signs that they need to start taking it seriously and putting in place practical procedures to try and reduce […]

New book from HOPE sparks conversations about Jesus

New book from HOPE sparks conversations about Jesus

‘I never realised Jesus did that for me!’ That was the response provoked by the Easter service at a church in Southbourne, where guests were given copies of HOPE’s new book Who Do You Say I Am? The book was published by HOPE and Christian Vision in the same format as The Servant Queen and […]

Women and the vote

Women and the vote

Anglican Life WATCH   I hope that all of us used our right to vote in the election.Whichever candidate we chose to vote for, the freedom we have to make such choices is immensely important, especially if we are women. Next year will mark the 100th anniversary of women’s suffrage in the United Kingdom; in […]

Preparing for General Election 2017

Preparing for General Election 2017

In a recent BBC interview, the Archbishop of York said he was “fed up” with politicians referring to “ordinary hardworking people,” to which Labour leader, Jeremy Corbyn, told The Church of England Newspaper in response: “Political parties should be judged on their policies and actions.” Speaking to us, Corbyn outlined a Britain where ‘the Conservatives have given tax breaks […]

The backbone of the church

The backbone of the church

The Religious Lives of Older Laywomen Abby Day OUP, hb, £45.00   John Major remarked that a distinctive feature of England was the sight of old maids cycling through the morning mist to Holy Communion. Abby Day warns us that these old maids, people she calls ‘Generation A’ who were born in the 1920s and […]

Renaissance giant and neglected partner

Renaissance giant and neglected partner

The close personal and deeply creative relationship between Renaissance giant Michelangelo of Florence [1475-1564] and the highly talented – but much neglected – Venetian artist Sebastiano del Pombio [1485-1547], is richly explored through 70 paintings, drawing and sculptures at National Gallery’s beautifully presented ‘Michelangelo and Sebastiano’ exhibition. It clearly shows their different styles, respectively their […]

The importance of prayer

The importance of prayer

By the Rt Rev Julian Henderson   A friend of mine was serving overseas with the army when the base where they were working came under sustained accurate fire from rockets and mortars. The soldiers all followed their training drills and immediately took cover by lying on the floor. As the explosions erupted nearby one […]

Targeting the young

Targeting the young

by Bishop Philip North   ‘We love Manchester.’ ‘#WeAreManchester.’ ‘#PrayforManchester.’ The massive outpouring of support for the city of Manchester in the wake of the appalling bombing on 22 May has been very moving to witness. There is no doubting the character, the resilience and the generosity of a city that has a long history […]

Small Screen Selection: Broadchurch (DVD box)

Small Screen Selection: Broadchurch (DVD box)

(Acorn) You don’t need to watch Broadchurch for long to understand how it grabbed Britain’s attention and kept it. David Tennant, who plays D.I. Alec Hardy, and Olivia Colman, who plays his local assistant D.S. Ellie Miller, are already British TV royalty. The detectives bear unimagined stress as they try to apprehend killers in two […]