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A poet who sets puzzles

A poet who sets puzzles

After the publication of a new edition of Rowan Williams's poems, Cole Moreton asks the priest-poet what goes on behind the verse

Following up the leader

Following up the leader

In an extract from his updated biography of Rowan Williams, Rupert Shortt examines the former Archbishop's quest for church unity

Polly Meynell, vestment designer

Polly Meynell, vestment designer

'It's disrespectful to God not to use the very best that one can produce'

St Gargoyle's

St Gargoyle

Ron's latest cartoon

No confession and absolution?

Out of the question: At an Ascension Day service there was no confession and no absolution. When I questioned the priest, saying that I did not think the service was valid, he simply said "Oh." I then said: "Does that not concern you?" and he replied "No." Am I correct in my assumption?

Pugin’s home

Sue Dobson visits Ramsgate 

Diary

John Wall: I WENT to a beer festival a little while ago. Now I'm more of a G&T or Pinot Grigio type of cleric generally, but I loved it. I was there helping out on a stall for the Bevy, the pub/hub/café we've been trying to reopen in Moulsecoomb, closed some three years ago by the police because of drugs and violence.

Crossword 1273

Crossword 1273

11 July 2014: This week's puzzle and last week's solution

Petertide ordinations: Souls under our cure

Petertide ordinations: Souls under our cure

A new collection pulls together the experience of curates, training incumbents, and diocesan supervisers. Here they reflect on their calling, their image, their problems . . . and their round

Petertide ordinations: Viewed from the other end

Petertide ordinations: Viewed from the other end

Not all Greek: older priests disagree about the value of their early training, Pat Ashworth reports

Petertide ordinations

Petertide ordinations

THE FOLLOWING were ordained by the Bishop in his Cathedral on 29 June, unless otherwise stated

Resurrection for ancient buildings

Resurrection for ancient buildings

The Synod is debating its funding for the trust that cares for historic churches no longer used regularly for worship. Rachel Giles reports

Interview: June Boyce-Tillman priest, composer, and academic

Interview: June Boyce-Tillman priest, composer, and academic

'Many women don't start their real work until they are older'

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

Ron's latest cartoon

Anglican and Nonconformist?

Out of the question:  A friend is a communicant member of the C of E on weekdays but a Nonconformist on Sundays. Is this unusual? Would anyone comment?

Diary

Robert Mackley: BITTERSWEET is an over-used word. It is the only one that will do, however, to summarise my experience of the past two weeks or so.

Oil of gladness

Simon Walsh: preparing a marinade, Strawberry crème brûlée

‘A long process of liberation’

‘A long process of liberation’

As the Synod prepares to vote on women bishops, Paul Handley talks to Katharine Jefferts Schori, the only woman Primate

A mind over matter

A mind over matter

The moral philosopher Mary Midgley, at the age of 95, regrets that she didn't take Christianity more seriously. She talks to Andrew Brown

Interview: Jane Clements director, Council of Christians and Jews

Interview: Jane Clements director, Council of Christians and Jews

'Relations between Jews and Christians are at their lowest point since 1945'

Dave Walker

Dave Walker

The Tour de France

St Gargoyle's

St Gargoyle

Ron's latest cartoon

Dually Quaker and Anglican

Out of the question: A friend is a communicant member of the C of E on weekdays but a Nonconformist on Sundays. Is this unusual? Would anyone comment?

Diary

Sister Rosemary: I HAVE been a churchgoer all my life, but I have recently experienced a form of liturgy previously unknown to me: a pet service. The Rector's two worries proved unfounded: the weather was fine, but not oppressively hot; so we could comfortably be outdoors; and no member of the congregation ate any other.

Deadly intruder

Wine:  PHYLLOXERA VASTATRIX sounds as though she might have been a female equivalent of Attila the Hun. In her own way, however, she devastated a much larger slice of the world, across six continents. It is a small aphid, native to the east coast of the United States, which lives by eating vine-roots.

Crossword 1272

Crossword 1272

4 July 2014: This week's puzzle by the Revd Michael Callaghan, and last week's solution

Friends across the generations

Friends across the generations

We may be living longer, but we are also increasingly lonely. Huw Spanner considers how churches can respond to the needs of elderly people

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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Comedian tells Christians how it is

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