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Saints and spirits

Leader: Beyond excusing heavy drinking and indulgence in the macabre among the twenty-somethings, today's Hallowe'en frolics mostly have little spiritual or religious impact here, because the context of a society in which a deep-rooted belief in spirits and demons in general no longer exists

Welcome to our world

Leader: What was really radical about this synod was the publication of voting figures for each clause in the final document. From this we discover that a significant minority, 62 to 118, voted against the watered-down statement about homosexual people

NHS in crisis

Leader: THE next General Election will not be won on the issue of health. Prominence will be given to the economy (correctly), welfare (ideally), immigration (regrettably), and personality (disastrously)

A hard landing

Leader: The trouble with growth, unless is it accompanied by environmental regulation and technical innovation, is that carbon emissions grow proportionately

War in stages

Leader: It is possible that the UK will find itself involved in a war of indeterminate length without ever really having agreed to it

An important game

Leader: People need to be particularly hard of heart to shun political or religious opponents after they have played against them on the sports field

After the fire

Leader: Like the world's climate, the charity sector appears to be experiencing more extreme giving patterns

Bearing costs in mind

Leader: Few outside the medical profession know the extent of mental illness as well as teachers and the clergy: teachers, because all life passes through their classrooms; clergy, because, with good fortune, those who are distressed are often drawn to churches

Poor constitution

Leader: The public in England, Wales, and Northern Ireland are beginning to wake up to the fact that a General Election is taking place on 18 September - and that they are not invited into the polling booths

History, nature, and the human touch

Leader: Stone and wood; earth and water. Natural elements predominate in a setting like Boughton, and their influence on festivalgoers last weekend was profound

Violence in St Louis

Leader: The presence of pastors and congregation members among the protesters in Feguson is welcomed, but TV images of heavily armed troops battling with looters will send the wrong message

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