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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.

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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.

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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.

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Jonathan Boardman: WHAT to serve the Archbishop of Canterbury for lunch? It is a question that calls to mind Lady Ramsey's complaint to Victor Stock after the publication of some of his memoirs: "Victor, how could you say it? I never served soup at luncheon."

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John Pridmore:  IT IS 2014, and we cannot but remember. Each of us will be observing the centenary of the outbreak of the First World War in his or her own way. I dwell on a diary, the tiny 1916 Boy Scouts Diary that, 16 years ago, I picked up from a stall at a Salvation Army fête.

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Diary: ALONG comes the First World War again, so to speak, and on my desk appears a little something from the Scripture Gift Mission, which now calls itself SGM Lifewords.

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Diary: "WELL, I've been under the doctor again with my legs." That was the answer of the woman in front of me in the supermarket queue to her friend's question, "How are you?" It made perfect sense to the friend, and to me, and to the woman at the till.

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Diary: WHY are Moulsecoomb clergy like buses? You wait for one for two years, and then two come along at once.

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Diary: I DO not know whether you can sense it, emerging from the page as you read this diary column, but I'm a bit stressed. It is not the usual things - late marriage-returns, the EU email mountain, or contemplating the diocesan Mission Statement - no, it's because of a sermon.

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Diary: Is Britain a Christian country? David Cameron's assertion was predictably followed by howls of agreement or dissent. It fell to the dependably rational, though not headline-friendly, Lord Williams of Oystermouth to make the obviously true reply: "It depends what you mean by. . ."

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Diary: I was ordained priest in Salford on 23 April 1994, St George's Day. I had been a deacon for almost seven years, in three different posts. That weekend, I kept a diary. Here is my account, written at the time, of my ordination weekend.

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