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Fund-raising: belongs to all

Maggie Durran: THE availability of outside help for funding building projects seems to us to be dwindling. Is this true, or is it just that now that we face the challenge, it looks like a tricky mountain to climb?

Word from Wormingford

Word from Wormingford

How is it that daffodils appear so suddenly, Ronald Blythe wonders

Leaving room for me and God

Angela Tilby: I WOULD never have admitted this to the ABM selectors, but one of the reasons I felt drawn to ordination was the spiritual claustrophobia that comes from church seating arrangements

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Word from Wormingford

Ronald Blythe prepares for the oilman to bring a year's worth of warmth

The fair-er sex?

Simon Parke: THE cost of prison accommodation means that there has to be a pretty good reason to send anyone to prison. But should there be an extra good reason to send women there?

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Word from Wormingford

Ronald Blythe feels pity for the cold suffered by the homeless Saviour

The moral superiority of suffering

Angela Tilby: IT IS painfully dawning on Western nations that the "peace dividend" that was meant to follow the break-up of the Soviet Empire was more the product of their own wishful thinking than a genuine end to the old hostilities

Rainy days: don’t give up hope

Maggie Durran: We love our church. But the demands for funds for repairs and for making some improvements to the building are beyond our means, as there are very few of us in a small village

Word from Wormingford

Word from Wormingford

Ronald Blythe recalls the development of an enthusiasm for Herbert

The cynical culture of party politics

Angela Tilby: IT IS no surprise that the Bishops' Pastoral Letter for the General Election should have drawn a largely negative Conservative response, and virtual silence from everyone else

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Ronald Blythe remembers hearing hymns sung by Cornish fishermen

The allure of discipline?

Canon Angela Tilbury takes Fifty Shades of Grey to task

Choosing the right moment

Maggie Durran answers a reader's questions about where to fit stewardship into the calendar

Lupine reflections

Simon Parke takes on criticism of Wolf Hall

British bulldog

Angela Tilby: Jeremy Paxman's recent television essay on the funeral, Churchill: A Nation's Farewell, argued that Churchill had indeed been the man to get us through our darkest hour; but we must hope that such an hour does not come again

Word from Wormingford

Word from Wormingford

Ronald Blythe tidies up the garden and feels a new energy

Word from Wormingford

Word from Wormingford

Ronald Blythe reflects on those whom we live and travel with

Dissing the D-word

Angela Tilby: Discipleship as a convenient term to ramp up the commitment of the laity sounds alien to Anglican instincts, and it is. I hope Synod members are gearing up for creative revolt

Exhausting affirmation

Simon Parke: Does God want to be praised?

Few to tackle urgent issues

Maggie Durran: This year, we want to tackle the issues of our building, from urgent repairs to lavatories and improved access. But there are only a few of us. Is there a good way to set out a strategy?

Word from Wormingford

Word from Wormingford

Ronald Blythe celebrates a friend's birthday with songs and champagne

Eyes to see and ears

Angela Tilby: Our supposedly liberated society treats the human body, male and female, in a recklessly idolatrous way, which imprisons us in desire and excess

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Ronald Blythe recalls how, in a silent garden one night, he gazed at the sky

The company that rubbed out Israel

Angela Tilby: SOMETIMES it is the small news story which does not attract much comment which worries away in the back of one's mind. For me, it was the news that the HarperCollins publishing house had omitted Israel from the atlases it produces for English-speaking schools in the Gulf

Word from Wormingford

Word from Wormingford

Ronald Blythe finds inspiration in the prayers of a writer from the past

Prepared for a good death

Simon Parke: Dr Richard Smith, a former editor of the British Medical Journal, has recently defended the indefensible by claiming that dying of cancer is the "best death", and that we should "stop wasting billions trying to cure it"

Carrying the cost of freedom

Angela Tilby: I was intrigued by last week's report, from American scientists, that two-thirds of cancers cannot be explained by genetics or poor lifestyle, but are a matter of pure bad lack

The view is clearer from the outside

Religion is all the Church has to offer to outsiders, writes Harriet Baber

Word from Wormingford

Word from Wormingford

Ronald Blythe looks out at a winter scene that is neither 'wild' nor 'drear'

Our seven wonders

Angela Tilby: CHRISTIANITY is a mystical religion. At the start of the New Year,  this perspective holds challenges for those of us who live out our Christian lives within the Church of England

All change, please

Simon Parke: IT IS election year; so change is in the air. As campaigning cranks up, we will be told that we stand at a crossroads with the choice for change

A timely talking-to by Pope Francis

Do we share some of the failings of the Curia listed by the Pope, asks Paul Vallely

Try and try again

Maggie Durran: How is the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) programme for church repairs going? We hear stories of churches that are struggling to find match funding.

Word from Wormingford

Word from Wormingford

Ronald Blythe leaves the detritus of Christmas and makes an annual visit

The real demon isn’t just behind us

In our haste to take offence, we overlook the real scandal, says Paul Vallely

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