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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

Word from Wormingford

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

Miranda: What I call reticence

Angela Tilby: I WAS devastated to discover last weekend that Miranda Hart is killing off her TV comedy show Miranda

Reasons to be staying

PETER had experienced a difficult few weeks with his ageing partner - some 20 years older than himself, and ailing. Peter had told me about his battles with various authorities, lobbying for better care

Word from Wormingford

Word from Wormingford

Ronald Blythe recalls former residents of Bottengoms Farm

‘Let it snow . . .’

Maggie Durran: Snow is exceptionally bad because of its ability to first accumulate, and then melt in one great rush. Your gutters, downpipes, and drains need to be ready

Nativity play: theme and variations

Humanism is suffocating the humanistic spirit, especially at Christmas, says Paul Vallely

Coming to terms with the dark side

Angela Tilby: LAST week's leader on the character of Gordon Brown reminded me of Jung's extraordinary essay, Answer to Job

Apply – quickly

Maggie Durran: THERE is a wonderful flurry - and it is not snow, but the opportunity to make an application to a generous but short-lived government fund for roofs and rainwater goods

Word from Wormingford

Word from Wormingford

Glorious tombs and an old pub draw Ronald Blythe to a small town

Surprisingly successful spirituality

Angela Tilby: Gerard W. Hughes SJ, author of the spiritual classic God of Surprises, died on 4 November. He will be much missed

Adrift between earth and heaven

Sometimes we need help to see ourselves as others see us, says Paul Vallely

Cash for the listed

Maggie Durran: The restoration/conservation project in our church will cost up to £500,000, which is well beyond our capabilities - and available time. We are looking for a professional fund-raiser, and hope to pay for this support on a success basis out of funds received

Word from Wormingford

Word from Wormingford

St Edmund watches as Ronald Blythe takes shelter from the rain

Reasons to be cynical, 30 years on

A contrarian media culture undermines the best of intentions, says Paul Vallely

Statements end like questions?

Angela Tilby: My theme this week is Up-Talk, the almost universal habit among the educated under-35s of ending sentences with an upward inflection(?)

Word from Wormingford

Word from Wormingford

A seagull's wing reminds Ronald Blythe of carved angels in Blythburgh

Debunking the profligacy of the poor

Booze and fags are not at the top of every shopping list, Paul Vallely reports

As it was in the beginning

Angela Tilby: THE landing of the Philae robot last week produced a story of a YouGov poll that asked people whether they thought life was created by God, or whether it began with organic matter blasted on to the earth by comets

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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  Read More

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