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From sanctity to sleuthing

From sanctity to sleuthing

The murder rate in Grantchester is about to go up. Olly Grant talks to the team behind a new clerical crime drama for ITV

EDUCATION: No more measures. Just special

EDUCATION: No more measures. Just special

A once-failing church school in Manchester has been named this year's TES primary of the year. Margaret Holness reports

EDUCATION: Disassembling collective worship

EDUCATION: Disassembling collective worship

John Gay traces the decline of collective worship since the 1944 Education Act 

EDUCATION: The fruit of faith

EDUCATION: The fruit of faith

Collective worship can enrich schools, says John Pritchard

EDUCATION: Then they started shouting back

EDUCATION: Then they started shouting back

Assemblies may be part of the British school experience, says Dennis Richards, but there are definitely pitfalls to avoid if leading one

EDUCATION: Doing things for effect

EDUCATION: Doing things for effect

Nigel Genders shares his agenda as the new chief education officer

EDUCATION: Finding the keys to success

EDUCATION: Finding the keys to success

A report this week emphasised the value of learning an instrument. Margaret Holness went to hear how it was done in one school

EDUCATION: Under the spotlight

New regulations for academies came into effect at the beginning of this month. Howard Dellar gives an overview

EDUCATION: Universities under pressure

EDUCATION: Universities under pressure

Church universities need to deal with current challenges, and position themselves for the next election, warns John Howson

EDUCATION: Cleaning ‘isms’ out of RE

EDUCATION: Cleaning ‘isms’ out of RE

Denise Cush considers issues of gender, sexuality, and 'religionism' in religion, and in the experience of RE

EDUCATION: Crocodiles, frogs, and smelly blankets

EDUCATION: Crocodiles, frogs, and smelly blankets

Dennis Richards selects books that could help when planning school assemblies

Interview: Alan Barker, Methodist minister and author

Interview: Alan Barker, Methodist minister and author

'A well-led assembly can be the highlight and focus of the school day'

St Gargoyle's

St Gargoyle

19 September 2014: Ron's latest cartoon

Nature miracles in their context

Out of the question: How can a Christian explain the occurrence of walking on water?

Diary

David Winter: THE chuggers have also taken to the phones. What disappoints me, perhaps unreasonably, is that respected Christian charities and mission societies have also begun to employ them

Colour and crunch

Terence Handley MacMath makes salads

Crossword 1283

Crossword 1283

by Margaret Irvine

Christian fiction in a novel form

Christian fiction in a novel form

Catherine Fox could not find a publisher for her latest novel, until she decided to serialise it as a blog. She talks to Sarah Meyrick

The woman who made strides for peace

The woman who made strides for peace

Against the tide of opinion, Emily Hobhouse stepped into the Boer War, and then the First World War, to protect civilian victims. Janet Traill tells her story

Interview: Sarah Baker, doctor and pioneer minister

Interview: Sarah Baker, doctor and pioneer minister

'It was wonderful to find that, when I was really up against it, everything I have believed as a Christian was absolutely real'

Caption competition

Caption competition

Have a go at this week's caption competition, and win chocolate from Divinechocolate.com. Also: a selection of the best entries from the last one.

St Gargoyle's

St Gargoyle

This was Ron's St Gargoyle's debut 20 years ago, on 16 September 1994. We salute him.

Scouser skyline

Sue Dobson visits Liverpool 

Diary

John Wall: A new first for me: I have just blessed a bus. Now, departing pilgrims I've blessed, and fairground rides on Brighton pier; sundry objects of devotion - cruets, ciboria, and other ecclesiastical paraphernalia; but this was my first bus

Out of the question

How can a Christian explain the occurrence of walking on water?

Crossword No. 1282

Crossword No. 1282

12 September 2014: This week's puzzle and last week's solution

Fellow-feeling for a scarred landscape

Fellow-feeling for a scarred landscape

The painter Peter Lanyon and the poet Jack Clemo shared something deeper than a Cornish background, argues Stephen Laird

As a pilgrim, you never walk alone

As a pilgrim, you never walk alone

Harry Bucknall, a former soldier, set off on foot from England to Rome, using the ancient pilgrim route the Via Francigena. He recounts his traveller's tales to Philip Sidney

Interview: Jasvinder Sanghera founder, Karma Nirvana, and author

Interview: Jasvinder Sanghera founder, Karma Nirvana, and author

'We are British; yet I'm not afforded the same level of protection as my white counterparts'

St Gargoyle's

St Gargoyle

Ron's latest cartoon

Caustic Love

Paolo Nutini Atlantic Records Paolo Nutini has already tried on many different outfits in his three-album career. Beginning with indie singer-songwriter roots on These Streets, he soon matu...  Read More

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Three summits and 14 months for the planet

Politicians need to hear the message on climate change more clearly: Christians must act now, argues Steven Croft  Subscribe to read more

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National Adviser & Archbishop's Secretary for Inter Religious Affairs

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Fri 19 Sep 14 @ 14:19
"Welby calls for reconciliation in referendum aftermath": another report from @tswyatt in Edinburgh http://t.co/6JRxzudEVb

Fri 19 Sep 14 @ 13:21
RT @tswyattThe morning after... Some #indyref views on one street in Edinburgh http://t.co/oZmmlHZGp8