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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.

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

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Diary: ONE of my resolutions of 2014 has been to spend more time out of London. Things started off with a trip to Brussels with a friend who happens to be an art historian. 

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Diary: OUR Archdeacon is retiring. I don't mean he has a shy disposition (although he does have a pleasingly English manner), but that he is ceasing paid work. In many ways he has earned it; for, surely, being an archdeacon is a thankless task? 

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Sister Rosemary: I like meetings. My first venture out of the convent after being ill last year was to a PCC meeting. I enjoy studying papers, getting to grips with an agenda, arguing a case, working out policies, and helping to get things done. Inexplicable as it seems to me, not many people share my tastes.

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Jonathan Boardman: I ADMIT to shock that, in this age of political correctness on so many fronts, it still appears to be entirely acceptable among those who imagine that they practise "received pronunciation" to comment on those of us who retain traces of regional accents - in my case, clearly a northern one.

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Diary: I do wonder why more churches do not have a gaggle of geese about the place. No villain stripping lead from the church roof would dare descend his ladder if there were an enraged goose at its foot.

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St Albans is part of a quartet of dioceses - the others are Chelmsford, St Edmundsbury & Ipswich, and Sheffield - with centenaries this year. 

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David Winter records an interview for Songs of Praise on a windy day

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John Wall: Like many clerics (and, I suspect, a goodly number of Church Times readers), I am partial to the occasional ecclesiastical oddity, and I recently came across a splendid one.

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Robert Mackley: I HAVE never thought of myself as a sex symbol. This is for a variety of reasons which, it is fair to say, we do not need to enter into now. My conviction was questioned the other day, however, after I made a home visit.

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