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Pope and Welby plead for end to fighting in Gaza

Pope and Welby plead for end to fighting in Gaza

THE strategies on both sides of the current war in Gaza are self-defeating, and cannot bring about peace, the Archbishop of Canterbury has said

Clergy family live as refugees to highlight plight of Gazans

Clergy family live as refugees to highlight plight of Gazans

A CLERGY family have spent this week living as refugees in a church centre, in solidarity with the plight of civilians in Gaza

Churchmen warn of end of Christianity in Iraq

Churchmen warn of end of Christianity in Iraq

THE apparent inability of the Iraqi military to dislodge Islamists who have imposed an increasingly proscriptive Caliphate on a large part of the country is raising fears that Christianity could disappear in the area altogether

Tatchell plans to out 'hypocritical' gay bishops

Tatchell plans to out

THE gay-rights campaigner Peter Tatchell has vowed to out gay bishops "as a last resort", if the House of Bishops does not change its stance on same-sex relationships

Winners and losers in change to clergy retirement homes

Winners and losers in change to clergy retirement homes

SIXTY per cent of the retired clergy who are renting homes from the Church of England Pensions Board will face a rent increase of £60 a year, under reforms to a scheme which, the Board argues, has been "opaque and inconsistent"

West African ebola virus crisis deepens

West African ebola virus crisis deepens

TWO doctors fighting the Ebola virus in West Africa have died, and two aid workers are being treated for the disease, which has killed 672 people in this latest outbreak, the UN reports

Churches throw open doors for Games fans

Churches throw open doors for Games fans

AS thousands of athletes, volunteers, and fans throng Glasgow for the 20th Commonwealth Games, churches throughout Scotland are rising to the challenge

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Why the worry about ministering together?

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A lantern unto their feet

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The words and, sometimes, the very presence of the Bible were a source of comfort and inspiration during the First World War  Subscribe to read more

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Books reviewed this week

Crying the miracles of God in po...

Fraser Steel on the work of a prolific and thoughtful Christian wordsmith

Time to stop the rich raiding th...

A powerful argument for future prudence, says David Atkinson

Painting that is also teaching

Painting that is also teaching

Nicholas Cranfield on an artist of today who is working in an ancient tradition

A wide-ranging intellect

This study of a 17th-century polymath wins cheers from C. D. C. Armstrong

Café that was Norwich ‘jewel’ closes

Café that was Norwich ‘jewel’ closes

A POPULAR day-centre, which provided a café and place of rest for shoppers as well as for homeless and vulnerable people, has closed after 35 years

Durham dig finds shed light on early faith

Durham dig finds shed light on early faith

EVIDENCE that suggests Christianity was practised in Britain as early as the third century has been unearthed in a Roman fort in County Durham

Pensions Board celebrates a year of good returns

Pensions Board celebrates a year of good returns

THE Church of England's Pensions Board has hailed 2013 as a "very good" year, as its investments outperformed their target once again

Bishop Conway to chair Board of Education

Bishop Conway to chair Board of Education

THE Bishop of Ely, the Rt Revd Stephen Conway, is to be the next chairman of the Board of Education, it has been announced

Meriam Ibrahim flees Sudan for new life in the US

Meriam Ibrahim flees Sudan for new life in the US

MERIAM IBRAHIM has begun her new life in the United States, after finally escaping her native Sudan and fleeing to Italy last week

CAR ceasefire breaks down

CAR ceasefire breaks down

THE situation in the Central African Republic (CAR) is "extremely precarious", charities say, after reports that the ceasefire signed last week between the largely Muslim Seleka rebel group and the Christian anti-Balaka militias has already broken down

Australian Churches censure 'state-sanctioned abuse' of child detainees

Australian Churches censure

THE Australian Federal Government has been accused of "state-sanctioned child-abuse" by the Australian Churches Refugee Taskforce 

Dr Sentamu among 100,000 downloading prayer apps

Dr Sentamu among 100,000 downloading prayer apps

MORE than 100,000 people in 140 countries have downloaded a Church House Publishing app in the three years since the first one was launched

Chester Cathedral lays on its first ever hen-party

Chester Cathedral lays on its first ever hen-party

CHESTER Cathedral is claiming an unlikely milestone in its 900-year history - hosting its first hen party

What happened to death or glory?

What happened to death or glory?

The experience of the First World War effectively removed notions of romanticism and chivalry from military conflict, argues Richard Harries. It should also make us cautious about current alliances and interventions

A lantern unto their feet

A lantern unto their feet

The words and, sometimes, the very presence of the Bible were a source of comfort and inspiration to those who faced the hazards of the First World War. Hazel Southamreports

St Gargoyle

St Gargoyle

Was it a lot of bats, or just one very big one?

Wine: Six to be savoured

Christopher Fielden suggests some summer wines 

Diary

Serenhedd James discovers a battle of wills in a London parish

Crossword 1276

Crossword 1276

Across 1 'Cain does wrong' - bishop (8) 6 Preacher swelling audibly (6) 9 A look through each name put forward for church position (4,4) 10 Hunter returning home, male with gun (6) 11 Mirth from single entertainer (4) 12 Dream - it'll change routine drudgery (9) 13 John...

Out of the question

Out of the question

Our readers answer a question about a print depicting soldiers 

Interview: Lotte Mullan singer-songwriter

Interview: Lotte Mullan singer-songwriter

'I'm inspired by the human condition, ups and downs and in-betweens'

Feckless humanity seen in the divine light

Feckless humanity seen in the divine light

David Bryant considers the message of the transfiguration

Prayer for the week

Lindsay Llewellyn-MacDuff keeps the feast of the Most Sweet Name of Jesus

Readings: 8th Sunday after Trinity

"WHAT are you doing here, Elijah?" is one of the most profound and penetrating questions in the Old Testament

Crying the miracles of God in poetry

Fraser Steel on the work of a prolific and thoughtful Christian wordsmith

Picture: In public places

Picture: In public places

Dominicans preaching in an outdoor pulpit and hearing confession in the piazza, by Girolama da Padova (1515)

Time to stop the rich raiding the earth

A powerful argument for future prudence, says David Atkinson

Painting that is also teaching

Painting that is also teaching

Nicholas Cranfield on an artist of today who is working in an ancient tradition

A wide-ranging intellect

This study of a 17th-century polymath wins cheers from C. D. C. Armstrong

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THE book Mother, Sisters, Daughters: Standing on their shoulders outlines the stories of 22 women who have made a difference

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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University of St Mark & St John, Plymouth Plymouth, Britain's Ocean City University Chaplain With its 175 year heritage, outstanding reputation for teaching in distinctive subject areas a...  Read More

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