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Ordination vows under appraisal

Angela Tilby: ALL round the dioceses on Maundy Thursday, members of the clergy renew their ordination vows. For many, the Chrism Mass is a highlight of the year, a chance to reconnect with vocation, on the brink of the great three days that are the climax of Holy Week.

Shunning foreign students

Other countries will reap the rewards of an arbitrary policy, says Paul Vallely

Finding funding, filling forms

Maggie Durran:  Our church plans to enlarge and improve its old Church Room for both existing and potential use by new groups. Have you written any books on the subject of fund-raising and about church-related building projects? We are a small group with ex-teachers and some IT support.

Word from Wormingford

Word from Wormingford

Thomas Hardy's tree reminds Ronald Blythe of a childhood mystery

Save me from the merciless health evangelists

Angela Tilby: I am deeply fed up about the latest medical advice that we should all be eating seven portions of fruit and vegetables each day.

RCs and C of E still ‘Better together’

Joint church initiatives on social justice give the gospel an edge, says Paul Vallely

Time to know thyself

Simon Parke: Quiet days are in vogue; it is what spiritual people do. But might some retreat-house quiet day be the last thing you need?

Word from Wormingford

Word from Wormingford

Ronald Blythe sees the contradictions in a funeral held in the spring

The fruit, dear Brutus, is in our stars

Angela Tilby: I was intrigued by the recent report of findings from a telescope in the South Pole, which appear to have confirmed an extraordinary theory about the birth of the universe. 

Philomena’s lesson is still not learnt

We condemn past cruelty to children, but have our own faults, says Paul Vallely

Patient, or customer?

Simon Parke: "DOCTOR, Doctor, I'm only five foot tall." "Then you'll just have to be a little patient," comes the reply. But will they? In the battle that is life, it is important to know which you are: patient, client, or customer.

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My faith in the Church of England

David Cameron expresses his pride in its openness, beauty, social action, and pastoral care  Read More

Wed 16 Apr 14 @ 23:51
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BBC story on @David_Cameron's comment piece in tomorrow's @churchtimes http://t.co/wLfu23dSPZ