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Called on to build a new kind of bridge

Called on to build a new kind of bridge

Two days after her consecration in York, Gavin Drake meets the new Bishop of Stockport

Travel and retreats: Å to Z of Norwegian islands

Travel and retreats: Å to Z of Norwegian islands

Laurence Mitchell explores Arctic Norway, with its striking scenery, photo­­genic fisher­men's huts, and stunning cathedral

Travel and retreats: There wasn’t a sermon. . .

Travel and retreats: There wasn’t a sermon. . .

. . . but we fell asleep anyway. Louise Roddon has her first taste of 'champing'

Travel and retreats: Bombed by bonxies on abandoned isle

Travel and retreats: Bombed by bonxies on abandoned isle

St Kilda, off the western coast of Scotland, is a natural treasure - and has UNESCO World Heritage dual status to prove it. Helen Ochyra makes the voyage

Travel and retreats: From church to temple

Travel and retreats: From church to temple

Anna Lawrence sets out to follow in the footsteps of St Thomas the Apostle, in southern India. But her encounter with Hinduism has the most profound effect

Travel and retreats: Luther’s revelation

Travel and retreats: Luther’s revelation

The 500th anniversary of the start of the Reformation falls in 2017. Diana Bentley visits Erfurt, where Martin Luther was a monk

Travel and retreats: Town and country

Travel and retreats: Town and country

Searching for ethical holidays, Joe Speed heads for a country cottage in Shropshire, while Malcolm Doney chooses a city hotel

Travel and retreats: Across the water

Travel and retreats: Across the water

Christine Miles picks five islands perfect for pilgrimages and retreats

Travel and retreats: Maidenhead revisited

Travel and retreats: Maidenhead revisited

A new pilgrim route has been developed in the diocese of Oxford. Sarah Meyrick walks along it

Travel and retreats: In St Teresa’s footsteps

Travel and retreats: In St Teresa’s footsteps

To celebrate the 500th anniversary of the birth of St Teresa of Ávila, Laurie Vere sets out on a new Spanish pilgrim trail

Travel and retreats: Any advance?

Travel and retreats: Any advance?

Christine Miles picks some themed retreats in 2015

Travel and retreats: Going green

Travel and retreats: Going green

Alison MacTier suggests some eco-friendly retreats

Interview: David Stemp

Interview: David Stemp

'Sometimes the game becomes a side issue, a useful tool to start a discussion'

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

Dave Walker

Dave Walker

Applying for a faculty

St Gargoyle's

St Gargoyle

Ron's weekly cartoon

Was the Peace always chaotic?

Out of the question: When did the Peace become a chaotic, free-for-all intermission, and what can be done to apply some sanity to this part of the service of worship?

Diary: Sister Rosemary

THIS year, our community celebrates its sesquicentenary. One hundred and fifty years ago this June, our first Sisters made their vows, in the then new Parish Church of St Peter, Vauxhall

Sign of spring

Gardening: The snowdrop's history on our shores is a perfect example of the domestication of a garden plant. An alien species is introduced, perhaps by accident or out of curiosity. Its merits are appreciated, and it is shared between gardeners

Crossword 1301

Crossword 1301

by The Revd David Cockerell

A man in tune with his times

A man in tune with his times

Ian Ramsey was an 'improbable' Bishop of Durham. On the centenary of his birth, John Saxbee recalls a philosopher of religion who was also a man of the people

Interview: Jemma Wayne, novelist

Interview: Jemma Wayne, novelist

'Friends wonder where the darkness in my writing is born'

Dave Walker

Dave Walker

Church notice boards

St Gargoyle's

St Gargoyle

Ron's latest cartoon

Out of the question

Out of the question:  What animals should be included in the nativity scene?

Diary: Jonathan Boardman

We could find that the "sermon joke", rather than, as now, being obligatory, is banned in the newly corporate C of E. Prepare yourselves

Working magic

Pastimes: Vic Van Den Bergh: Magic is always fun, and provides an opportunity to make things vanish, transform things, or appear to possess amazing powers, to delight those who are watching

Crossword No. 1300

Crossword No. 1300

by Paul Henderson

Christmas Crossword answers

Christmas Crossword answers

The two lines from the carol, and the winners of this year's Church Times Christmas Crossword

How to read a cleric

How to read a cleric

For her recent book, Sue Sorensen trawled novels, film, TV, and theatre for significant clerical figures. She found some strikingly authentic examples

The Cowley Fathers’ father

The Cowley Fathers’ father

Richard Meux Benson, the founder of the first Anglican religious order for men, died 100 years ago this week. Geoffrey Rowell appreciates his contribution to church life

Interview: Maggie Ross, solitary and theologian

Interview: Maggie Ross, solitary and theologian

'A life that is prayer is about being, not doing'  

Videogames: 2014 round-up

Compiling a definitive list of the year's best games is still a popular pastime, and certainly seen as less crass than crowning the top ten paperbacks or paintings. Bracketing out this and othe...  Read More

Top comment

Dissing the D-word

Angela Tilby: Discipleship as a convenient term to ramp up the commitment of the laity sounds alien to Anglican instincts, and it is. I hope Synod members are gearing up for creative revolt  Read More

Job of the week

Priest in Charge

South East

Diocese of Chelmsford is currently looking to fill the following posts Priest-in-charge, St Mary, Prittlewell This ancient parish, in Southend-on-Sea is looking for a priest in the Liberal-Cathol...  Read More

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Fri 30 Jan 15 @ 16:35
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.@stephensizer has now apologised for his 9/11 link on social media http://t.co/kFW9Cp6H9p