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Seeking Sanctuary

Jane Christmas felt called to be a nun. But she had not reckoned on her trial period falling in Lent

LIKE most people, Lent, for me, was a time of resolutions. Make that second chances, because, like most people, my New Year's resolutions sputtered to failure by mid-January.

Lent was the reset button: the opportunity to make good on my failure by upping the ante with a few extra promises - usually to forgo chocolate and wine for 40 days and nights. I would gird my flabby self-control, and remind myself that God made me a type-A personality, and then I would storm into Lent as if it ...

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ST ASAPH CATHEDRAL THE DIOCESE OF ST ASAPH CANON PRECENTOR The Bishop of St Asaph, in conjunction with The Dean and Chapter of the Cathedral, wish to appoint an experienced priest to minister ...  Read More

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A man in tune with his times

A man in tune with his times

Ian Ramsey was an 'improbable' Bishop of Durham. On the centenary of his birth, John Saxbee recalls a philosopher of religion who was also a man of the people  Subscribe to read more

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The challenges that the new C of E reports duck

Linda Woodhead finds the proposed remedies for the numerical decline of the Church too clerical and too congregational  Read More

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