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Rooted training for growth

Mixed-mode training for ordination is increasingly in demand. Jemima Thackray  considers some of the options

THERE was a time when all you needed to be ordained was to have an MA and a bishop who was willing to lay hands on you. But with the rise of the professional classes in the 19th century, the practice of equipping ordination candidates with a theological and pastoral education began. Then, for a long time, the prevailing model of training was residential. Students lived where they studied, like under­gradu­ates at university.

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A poet who sets puzzles

A poet who sets puzzles

After the publication of a new edition of Rowan Williams's poems, Cole Moreton asks the priest-poet what goes on behind the verse  Subscribe to read more

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Comedian tells Christians how it is

The Church urgently needs a grown-up debate about theology, says Eva McIntyre  Subscribe to read more

Thu 24 Jul 14 @ 13:47
Meriam Ibrahim has arrived safely in Italy, weeks after being freed from her death sentence in Sudan for apostasy http://t.co/V0M7QsR1oC

Thu 24 Jul 14 @ 9:40
Meriam Ibrahim, recently freed from a death sentence for apostasy in Sudan, has flown to Italy.