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Putting Passion into performance

Putting Passion into performance

Pat Ashworth talks to the originators of two home-grown Passion stagings, one musical and the other theatrical

Painting Gethsemane

Painting Gethsemane

A painter wrestles with a dark subject in a short story for Holy Week by David Hart

Broadcasting Handel with care

Broadcasting Handel with care

This Saturday, BBC2 revisits one of the earliest known benefit concerts, the first London performance of Handel's Messiah at the Foundling Hospital. Olly Grant goes behind the scenes

Horror, admiration and outrage

Horror, admiration and outrage

A visceral response to the crucifixion is understandable, but this needs to be transcended to find its true value in ministry, says Stephen Cherry

What’s the latest on the resurrection?

What’s the latest on the resurrection?

The empty tomb once proved a stumbling-block for some theologians, but this is nowless the case, says Andrew Davison

Finding your way in the dark

Finding your way in the dark

The moon and a black, underground Mary speak to Barbara Brown Taylor of the spiritual treasures of darkness

Rescued from the wreckage

Rescued from the wreckage

Gerard Manley Hopkins wrote his masterpiece 'The Wreck of the Deutschland' in response to a 19th-century nautical disaster. David Bryant explores the poem's profound Easter themes

When glory fills the skies

When glory fills the skies

Resurrection is the very definition of joy, argues Stephen Cherry, and it follows a night of fear and doubt

Caught up in the drama

Caught up in the drama

Holy Week can be a busy time for the laity as well as the clergy. Caroline Chartres charts a personal pathway through the opportunities to be holy

Take me to your leader

Take me to your leader

Christians are not immune to a tendency to 'dictator envy', and it is a dangerous inclination, says Richard Inglesby

Calvary carved out of history

Calvary carved out of history

Professor John Lowden, who teaches art history at the Courtauld Institute, has now compiled a complete catalogue of the ivories from the gallery, Medieval and Later Ivories in the Courtauld Gallery. Among these ivories are exquisite carvings depicting scenes from the Gospels.

Interview: Paul Whittaker, musician

Interview: Paul Whittaker, musician

'There's some contemporary music I enjoy - but there's a lot that makes me thankful I'm deaf'

Dave Walker

Dave Walker

The flower arrangers

St Gargoyle's

St Gargoyle

Ron's latest cartoon

Why so many ‘difficult’ people?

Out of the question: Why are there so many "difficult" (i.e. spiteful, rude, or unforgiving) people in churches?

Diary

David Winter: I AM not entirely sure what "mission" means in current church-speak, but I suspect that that story is a pretty good instance of it. Definitions are notoriously hard, especially when a word has been appropriated by corporate image-makers and public-relations gurus.

Ethereally medieval

Sue Dobson visits Lavenham in the heart of rural south-west Suffolk.

First the rape. Then the stigma. Now the healing?

First the rape. Then the stigma. Now the healing?

Sexual violence is endemic in many African countries. Tim Wyatt reports on efforts to combat it

Teaching men all about women

Teaching men all about women

Nyambura Njoroge considers the factors that lead to gender-based violence

Greenbelt ­­– a field of dreams

Greenbelt ­­– a field of dreams

This August Bank Holiday, the Greenbelt Festival moves to a new home, Boughton House, in Northamptonshire. With the help of the Church Times cartoonist, Dave Walker, we imagine what the site might look like.

Interview: Richard Everett, actor and playwright

Interview: Richard Everett, actor and playwright

'At the end of the day, I have to ask myself: "Who is really the one with special needs here?"'

St Gargoyle's

St Gargoyle

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Diary

John Wall goes to a wedding fair. "The bride's eyes lit up when she realised that she could wear her dress twice"

Tact and hygiene at the altar

Out of the question: What is the most tactful way to solve the problem of priests who cough into their hands or wipe their noses on their fingers before distributing holy communion?

Paschal pleasures

Simon Walsh cooks Omelette Arnold Bennett, followed by Simnel cakes

Crossword 1260

Crossword 1260

This week's puzzle and last week's solution

Which came first, Noah or the ark?

Which came first, Noah or the ark?

As Noah sets sail on the big screen this weekend, Irving Finkel tells how a small stone tablet brought into the British Museum provides an earlier version of the story

Not just a form of words

Not just a form of words

The artist Stephen Raw is exhibiting his work based on Benjamin Britten's War Requiem at the Church Times Bloxham Festival of Faith and Literature at the end of May. He talks to James Walmesley

Crossword 1259

Crossword 1259

Across 7 A titular bishop with a civil post and old car disintegrating (5-9) 10 Traveller in the Eternal City rejected its oldruler (7) 11 Eulogies once rendered with purpose looking back (7) 12 Recipe, a page in summary (5) 14 A believer in souls loses first quarter becominga...

Interview: Mpho Tutu author, priest

Interview: Mpho Tutu author, priest

'We are traumatised people. Yet violence is not the whole story'

St Gargoyle's

St Gargoyle

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Morning Phase

Beck Capitol records Everyone needs sad songs occasionally. A little musical wallow can be an important part of the healing process - whether you're getting over loneliness (Nilsson's 'With...  Read More

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My faith in the Church of England

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Archdeacon

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The Church of England, Birmingham "As the youngest urban population in one of the most lively and diverse regions, Birmingham is a great place to be. The rich variety of social contexts in the Archd...  Read More

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