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Putting Passion into performance

Putting Passion into performance

Pat Ashworth talks to the originators of two home-grown Passion stagings, one musical and the other theatrical

Painting Gethsemane

Painting Gethsemane

A painter wrestles with a dark subject in a short story for Holy Week by David Hart

Broadcasting Handel with care

Broadcasting Handel with care

This Saturday, BBC2 revisits one of the earliest known benefit concerts, the first London performance of Handel's Messiah at the Foundling Hospital. Olly Grant goes behind the scenes

Horror, admiration and outrage

Horror, admiration and outrage

A visceral response to the crucifixion is understandable, but this needs to be transcended to find its true value in ministry, says Stephen Cherry

What’s the latest on the resurrection?

What’s the latest on the resurrection?

The empty tomb once proved a stumbling-block for some theologians, but this is nowless the case, says Andrew Davison

Finding your way in the dark

Finding your way in the dark

The moon and a black, underground Mary speak to Barbara Brown Taylor of the spiritual treasures of darkness

Rescued from the wreckage

Rescued from the wreckage

Gerard Manley Hopkins wrote his masterpiece 'The Wreck of the Deutschland' in response to a 19th-century nautical disaster. David Bryant explores the poem's profound Easter themes

When glory fills the skies

When glory fills the skies

Resurrection is the very definition of joy, argues Stephen Cherry, and it follows a night of fear and doubt

Caught up in the drama

Caught up in the drama

Holy Week can be a busy time for the laity as well as the clergy. Caroline Chartres charts a personal pathway through the opportunities to be holy

Take me to your leader

Take me to your leader

Christians are not immune to a tendency to 'dictator envy', and it is a dangerous inclination, says Richard Inglesby

Calvary carved out of history

Calvary carved out of history

Professor John Lowden, who teaches art history at the Courtauld Institute, has now compiled a complete catalogue of the ivories from the gallery, Medieval and Later Ivories in the Courtauld Gallery. Among these ivories are exquisite carvings depicting scenes from the Gospels.

First the rape. Then the stigma. Now the healing?

First the rape. Then the stigma. Now the healing?

Sexual violence is endemic in many African countries. Tim Wyatt reports on efforts to combat it

Teaching men all about women

Teaching men all about women

Nyambura Njoroge considers the factors that lead to gender-based violence

Greenbelt ­­– a field of dreams

Greenbelt ­­– a field of dreams

This August Bank Holiday, the Greenbelt Festival moves to a new home, Boughton House, in Northamptonshire. With the help of the Church Times cartoonist, Dave Walker, we imagine what the site might look like.

Which came first, Noah or the ark?

Which came first, Noah or the ark?

As Noah sets sail on the big screen this weekend, Irving Finkel tells how a small stone tablet brought into the British Museum provides an earlier version of the story

Not just a form of words

Not just a form of words

The artist Stephen Raw is exhibiting his work based on Benjamin Britten's War Requiem at the Church Times Bloxham Festival of Faith and Literature at the end of May. He talks to James Walmesley

Hoping for a change of tune

Hoping for a change of tune

In this extract from his fictional diary, Adam Smallbone   - the 'Rev.' of the BBC comedy, whose Series 3 started on Monday - charts the thwarted ambitions of his Reader and the wily archdeacon

An outsider on the inside

An outsider on the inside

Norman Nicholson, the Cumbrian poet born 100 years ago this month, was stirred by his faith, but recognised for his environmentalism. Martyn Halsall tells the story

Seeking Sanctuary

Seeking Sanctuary

Jane Christmas felt called to be a nun. But she had not reckoned on her trial period falling in Lent

Getting ready for fame

Getting ready for fame

Michael Kiwanuka's spiritual songs have found surprising success. He talked to Madeleine Davies

Fishing with question marks

Fishing with question marks

The poet and songwriter Sydney Carter died ten years ago this week. John Davies  examines his prodigious output, and finds a decidedly contemporary outlook

Online chapel and digitips . . .

Online chapel and digitips . . .

Distance learning used to be about correspondence courses. E-learning, however, is opening up new opportunities, Rachel Giles  discovers

Tackling the ‘Is it I, Lord?’ question

Tackling the ‘Is it I, Lord?’ question

How are religious orders, theological institutions, diocesan advisers, and others helping people to work out their calling, asks Rebecca Paveley.   With additional reporting by Huw Spanner

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