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Condemnation after flight MH17 disaster

Condemnation after flight MH17 disaster

CHURCHES throughout the world have been responding to the appar­ent shooting down of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 from Amster­dam to Kuala Lumpur over Eastern Ukraine last Thursday, with the loss of all 298 passengers and crew

Peace moves in Gaza matched by appeals for aid

Peace moves in Gaza matched by appeals for aid

GROWING diplomatic pressure on Israel and Hamas to end the fighting in the Gaza Strip has been matched by appeals for humanitarian assistance for the Palestinians living there

Detention Inquiry launches with oral evidence

Detention Inquiry launches with oral evidence

MPs are shocked by testimonies they hear at Inquiry, writes Madeleine Davies

Welby: Provisions in women-bishops Measure express ‘love’ to opponents

Welby: Provisions in women-bishops Measure express ‘love’ to opponents

THE Archbishop of Canterbury has described the General Synod's provisions for those who are theologically opposed to the consecration of women to the episcopate as an "expression of love"

Challenge the ancient traditions, say FGM victims

Challenge the ancient traditions, say FGM victims

ENDING the "barbaric practices" of female genital mutiliation (FGM) and child- and forced marriage will require faith leaders to challenge ancient traditions and extremist voices, a gathering in London heard on Tuesday

Benefit halted after eucharist request refused

Benefit halted after eucharist request refused

IT HAS been celebrated in churches for more than 350 years; but a court has now ruled that attendance at a Book of Common Prayer (BCP) service of holy communion "could not be regarded as an established custom and practice" of the Church of England

Report on ‘Trojan horse’ letter finds claims justified

Report on ‘Trojan horse’ letter finds claims justified

ALLEGATIONS in the so-called "Trojan horse" letter of an organised attempt by some governors and senior staff to impose a hardline, politicised Islamic agenda on a group of Birmingham schools were largely true, the report of a top-level investigation into claims says

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Keeping the faith under fire

Keeping the faith under fire

Large numbers of clergy volunteered to be military chaplains during the Great War. Peter Street tells some of their stories  Subscribe to read more

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Books reviewed this week
With the banner of Christ unfurled

With the banner of Christ unfurled

Jesse Zink on African mission and migration

Anglican travelling attentively

Chris Chivers enjoys timely observations of global church life

Rebels and the risk they took

Rebels and the risk they took

Bernard Palmer recalls the ordination of the Philadelphia Eleven

All change at the Bible Society

Michael Doe reads an anthropologist on mission in transition

Crossword 1275

Crossword 1275

Across 1 Altar panel painted red, pale, blended with a touch of lilac (8) 6 King, one given nonsense as direction forprayer (6) 9 Bowl, putting double the energy into spin (6) 10 Hill with special gaol in which old German is imprisoned (8) 11 Priest is pinned by veritable...

Salvation, with strong, sweet tea

Salvation, with strong, sweet tea

The First World War began on 28 July,100 years ago. The Church Army went quickly into action, following the troops with the tea urn - and much more. Johanna Derry  reports

Conflict on the home front

Conflict on the home front

The Church of England broadly supported the war, and many clergy wanted to enlist. But the effects of fighting overseas meant a critical ministry in parishes. Robert Beaken explains

Keeping the faith under fire

Keeping the faith under fire

Large numbers of clergy volunteered to be military chaplains during the Great War. They were responsible for a multiplicity of vital tasks, from keeping the troops entertained to burying the dead, says Peter Street

Fighting the forces of evil

Fighting the forces of evil

The First World War demonstrates thatevil exists, argues J. John. It serves asa warning against dehumanisation, and the propensity forevil to hijack religion

Keep up with your VAT claims

Maggie Durran explains the Listed Places of Worship Grant Scheme

Ethereal effects

Jamie Cable selects five perennials that stand out in the ethereal stakes

Diary

David Winter reflects on the centenary of the First World War

St Gargoyle

St Gargoyle

Shirley made sure Tim got to evensong on time

God the Father, God the Son . . .

Our readers discuss: "How can God be Jesus's Father and Jesus be God's Son if God and Jesus are the same person?"

Steve Goddard, co-editor of Ship of Fools, PR consultant, author

Steve Goddard, co-editor of Ship of Fools, PR consultant, author

'Some people have moments of doubt. I have moments of faith'

Caption Competition

Caption Competition

THE photo in our last caption competition was not, perhaps, of the best quality, but it prompted some great replies

Embrace the cross with the Doctor of the Soul

Embrace the cross with the Doctor of the Soul

Elizabeth Ruth Obbard  continues her retelling of The Interior Castle by St Teresa of Avila

Prayer for the week

Lindsay Llewellyn-MacDuff finds that making gestures in the office can be more uplifting than using words

Readings: 6th Sunday after Trinity

Continuing his line of thought from last week's reading, Paul has entered the courtroom

Readings: 7th Sunday after Trinity

DO WE think of Jesus having a row? He needed space to grieve over the execution of his cousin, but the crowds would not leave him alone, and compassion got the better of him

Succeeding as collectors of art

Succeeding as collectors of art

Nicholas Cranfield sees a summer Royal Collection show

Glorious musical resurrection

Garry Humphreys on a 'church opera' revived

With the banner of Christ unfurled

With the banner of Christ unfurled

Jesse Zink on African mission and migration

Anglican travelling attentively

Chris Chivers enjoys timely observations of global church life

Rebels and the risk they took

Rebels and the risk they took

Bernard Palmer recalls the ordination of the Philadelphia Eleven

All change at the Bible Society

Michael Doe reads an anthropologist on mission in transition

Habits shaping the worshipper

Jeremy Clines reads an anthropological study of liturgy in its broadest sense

Ritual and its interpretation

David Martin enjoys a study that probes action and meanings

photo: Liturgical space

photo: Liturgical space

Liturgical space: St Aidan's, East Acton, by Burles & Newton (1959-61), with six of the Forty Martyrs in dalle de verre by Pierre Fourmaintraux of Whitefriars Studios, and a Graham Sutherland painted Crucifixion, c.1964. This is one of the 16 colour plates in the magisterial...

Joy cometh in the morning

Jeremy Noel-Tod on a poem of waiting

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Including Rowan's Rule: The biography of the Archbishop by Rupert Shortt

Making Nothing Happen / My Bright Abyss

Making Nothing Happen: Five poets explore faith and spirituality Gavin D'Costa, Eleanor Nesbitt, Mark Pryce, Ruth Shelton and Nicola Slee Ashgate, 215pp My Bright Abyss: Meditation of a ...  Read More

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