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New home, with room to grow

New home, with room to grow

The Greenbelt Festival made its first appearance at Boughton House. Paul Handley  introduces our review of the weekend's events

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.

Future consecrations

Out of the question: It has been customary for Orthodox bishops to be invited to participate in the consecration of Church of England bishops. Will this be appropriate when female bishops come to be consecrated?

Diary

Robert Mackley: In a dyed-in-the-wool Anglo-Catholic parish, it turns out that even the criminals are High Church

Alfresco study

Jami Cable: My foot slips off the horticultural pedal in August. I am content just to imbibe the garden. It seems unfair to goad you into action with a "things to do now" list. Instead, I will share my best read of the summer, and my favourite nursery

Crossword 1280

Crossword 1280

29 August 2014: This week's puzzle and last week's solution

Lights, camera, action, Francis

Lights, camera, action, Francis

This summer, Hilfield Friary, Dorset, has been turned in to a set for the shooting of a film on the life of its patron saint. Olly Grant goes on location

Taking the ash outside

Taking the ash outside

Sara Miles takes Ash Wednesday on to the streets of San Francisco

Interview: Steve Clifford general director, Evangelical Alliance

Interview: Steve Clifford general director, Evangelical Alliance

'It's so important that we learn from and respect each other, even in our disagreements'

Dave Walker

Dave Walker

The summer festival

St Gargoyle's

St Gargoyle

22 August 2014: Ron's weekly cartoon

Diary: Sister Rosemary

Sister Rosemary: Our priority must be to do all we can to make sure that churches are safe places for all, especially for those who are most vulnerable. But the necessary checks, and the barring of access to anyone who might possibly present a risk, come at a huge cost to the mission of the Church

Savouring summer

Cookery: Mackerel escabèche; Plum sauce

Crossword No. 1279

Crossword No. 1279

No. 1279 by C. J. Brougham

An angry voice and a tear

An angry voice and a tear

Sinéad O'Connor headlines at the Greenbelt Festival this Sunday, despite her very public history of animosity against the Roman Catholic Church. Is she a troublemaker, a publicity-seeker, or a prophet? Cole Moreton makes an evaluation

Finding a way, with words

Finding a way, with words

The writer Anne Lamott appears for the first time at the Greenbelt Festival next week. Her confessional books interweave faith, literature, pain, and humour. She talks to Jo Browning Wroe

Photography competition

Photography competition

Enter our 'Life and Soul' photography competition by capturing the worship or community activities taking place at your church

The Colonel at cross purposes

The Colonel at cross purposes

Ninety years ago this month, Colonel Allin Methuen met a wall of resistance when he tried to unveil a memorial to African troops who died in the Great War. But he was not to be denied, as Cliff Lonsdale explains

Dave Walker

Dave Walker

Major sporting events

St Gargoyle's

St Gargoyle

15 August 2014: Ron's cartoon

Hope of resurrection

Out of the question: "Hope of resurrection"? I thought it was a certainty? 

Diary: Jonathan Boardman

Diary: I COUNT Leopold Hampel my best friend, I guess, since, were I planning to marry, I would ask him to be my best man. I was the groom's witness - Trauzeuge des Bräutigams - at his and Monika Sulm's wedding in Vienna in summer 1995, and our affection for one another seems never to have faded, though we meet infrequently.

Sounds, and sweet airs

Pastimes: THE great Highland bagpipe is an uncompromising musical instrument: when the pipes sound, they speak with authority

Crossword 1278

Crossword 1278

15 August 2014: This week's puzzle and last week's solution

Performing acts in good faith

Performing acts in good faith

The performance artist Bobby Baker is a guest at this month's Greenbelt Festival. Faith, family, food, and mental health drive her work, as Jo Browning Wroe discovers

Small screen — large mission

Small screen — large mission

SAT-7 is a Christian satellite-TV station making programmes primarily for the Middle East. The station aims to support Christians, but attracts a growing Muslim audience. Gerald Butt reports

Interview: Kit Beazley, Kit Beazley, UK Head of Finance, Triodos Bank

Interview: Kit Beazley, Kit Beazley, UK Head of Finance, Triodos Bank

'It's the only place I've worked where "love" has been mentioned in a management meeting'

Cartoon: St Gargoyle's

Cartoon: St Gargoyle

Ron's weekly cartoon

Making Nothing Happen / My Bright Abyss

Making Nothing Happen: Five poets explore faith and spirituality Gavin D'Costa, Eleanor Nesbitt, Mark Pryce, Ruth Shelton and Nicola Slee Ashgate, 215pp My Bright Abyss: Meditation of a ...  Read More

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Why boosts to self-esteem don’t cure all ills

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House for Duty Priest

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THE DIOCESE OF ST DAVIDS wishes to appoint a HOUSE FOR DUTY PRIEST TO SERVE IN THE PARISHES OF ST DOGMAELS & NEVERN & MONINGTON. The parishes comprise the village of St Dogmaels with the ru...  Read More

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