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Robert Mackley

Diary: Seasoned churchgoers will know the perils of Mothering Sunday. All too often, it descends into an unchristian sentimental mush of family worship (by which I fear I mean worship of the family)

Diary: Sister Rosemary

Sister Rosemary: The community to which I belong has a long history. At the time I entered, more years ago than I can quite believe, living memory went back much further, and included some fascinating glimpses of a vanished world

Diary: Jonathan Boardman

Jonathan Boardman: Far from the brooding silence, the contained gesture, I cannot shut up, always racing on to fill gaps, cover silences, and disallow the emergence of space for breathing, thinking, praying, being


John Pridmore's final column: OUR "city-break" in Amsterdam began inauspiciously. On the way to our hotel, we got lost in a neighbourhood of the city best avoided by elderly clergymen of a nervous disposition



Diary: The Revd Dr Bill Beaver has kindly drawn my attention to the Maas Gallery's discovery of another handleless-door painting by a contemporary of Holman Hunt, Charles Collins (1828-73), from a private collection in Florida.

Diary: David Winter

Canon David Winter remembers "the redoubtable Michael Saward"

Diary: John Wall

Diary: THE strapline I always trot out is: "Every community deserves a decent church and a decent pub; we can do the church bit; so we need to support the pub."

Diary: Elizabeth Figg

Elizabeth Figg: Last autumn, we found the tell-tale signs that mice had decided to seek sanctuary in the church building. To see the mouse-hunting, search on YouTube for "Hoots Mon! There's a Moose Loose Aboot God's Hoose!" 

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

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


THE straw of the crib has been replaced with a carpet, the shepherds have long since departed, and the Magi continue to offer their gifts. Now that we are well into Christmastide, with a few weeks still to go, Advent seems but a distant memory

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St Teresa, born in Avila 500 years ago this weekend, is often depicted in a religious fervour. But there was much more to her than that, writes Laurie Vere  Subscribe to read more

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Lessons from history can teach us how to live

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Not an April Fools this one - retired C of E priest finally meets his doppelganger neighbour

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