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As Dr Livingstone presumed

As Dr Livingstone presumed

Two missionary societies merged 50 years ago to become USPG. Janet Traill describes the first venture of one of them, the Universities’ Mission to Central Africa

‘I hope that I will be proud of the next thing I write’

‘I hope that I will be proud of the next thing I write’

Jo Wroe talks to the writer and stand-up comic A. L. Kennedy, who will be making her Greenbelt début this weekend

Planting seeds on stony ground

Planting seeds on stony ground

‘Guerrilla gardening’ is bringing new life to urban spaces, and Richard Reynolds is its best-known proponent, as Paul Northup explains. Additional reporting by Jemima Thackray

Quantifying the unquantifiable

Quantifying the unquantifiable

Maths geek, alumnus of a church youth group, and youngest ever World Poetry Slam champion, the ‘performance poet’ Harry Baker is a Greenbelt favourite. He talks to Malcolm Doney

My 50-year epic

My 50-year epic

Tony D. Triggs recounts a poetic odyssey that started in childhood

The salt and the sweetness

The salt and the sweetness

Margaret Duggan looks back on her time reporting on life in the parishes. And there is life, she concludes

A parish’s life through the Vicar’s lens

A parish’s life through the Vicar’s lens

Rupert Martin has been capturing church events for the past 20 years

From isolation to integration

From isolation to integration

In the wake of the Winterbourne View scandal, a new programme aims to befriend especially vulnerable residents. Madeleine Davies reports

Sand, surf, and saints

Sand, surf, and saints

Nicholas Orme writes about the saints who settled in Cornwall and can turn a holiday into a pilgrimage

Standing alone in an apocalyptic sea

Standing alone in an apocalyptic sea

The Revolutionary Army of the Infant Jesus have made their first album for 20 years, and will be performing at Greenbelt this month, reports John Davies

Campaign from on high at St Jude’s

Campaign from on high at St Jude’s

A war-memorial mural in Hampstead Garden Suburb shows the influence of its times, suggests Alan Walker

A vase? You must be kidding

A vase? You must be kidding

Flower festivals have become big business, attracting visitors and funds. Jemima Thackray plots their growth

Urban vibe at Norfolk showground

Urban vibe at Norfolk showground

The organisers of the Newday youth festival wanted to widen its appeal. Madeleine Davies reports on their progress

Not tried and found wanting. . .

Not tried and found wanting. . .

The ground on which the Vatican rejects women’s ordination is not as firm as it has been supposed, argues Eamon Duffy

Where their art is housed

Where their art is housed

Pat Ashworth talks to Tom Kelly, one of the Bogside Artists, about their work

Petertide ordinations: Don’t say yes to everything

Petertide ordinations: Don’t say yes to everything

We asked a management consultant and a psycho-therapist for advice for the newly ordained. Beware the incumbent in the kitchen, warns Matthew Caminer

Laugh at yourself, — and get out more

Laugh at yourself, — and get out more

Joanna Collicutt McGrath warns about the need to draw boundaries — but guard them lightly

Petertide ordinations

Petertide ordinations

Our list from every diocese

Petertide ordinations: ‘If you were called, you were called’

Petertide ordinations: ‘If you were called, you were called’

GABRIELLE THOMAS first felt convinced that God was calling her to ordained more than 20 years ago. But, six months after she began training at Trinity College, Bristol, she was struck down with ME

Petertide ordinations: His third title

Petertide ordinations: His third title

CRAIG TOMLINSON joined the army when he was 16, and served for six years, before training to become a professional wrestler

Petertide ordinations: Prisoners ‘a great bunch’

Petertide ordinations: Prisoners ‘a great bunch’

THE Revd Denis Hartley is believed to be the first Church of England priest to have been ordained inside a prison

Petertide ordinations: Resurrection for Leicester church

Petertide ordinations: Resurrection for Leicester church

SUNNY GEORGE likes to think of his story as one that mirrors the resurrection of Jesus

Petertide ordinations ‘. . . in which we serve’

Petertide ordinations ‘. . . in which we serve’

WHILE serving in the Navy for 22 years, Philippa Sargent kept denying suggestions by her colleagues that she was going to become a vicar after leaving

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‘I hope that I will be proud of the next thing I write’

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Exposed — the dangers of a group mentality

One year on, the Rotherham child sexual exploitation scandal reveals the risks of group norms, says Alan Billings  Read More

Fri 28 Aug 15 @ 22:23
“When claimants are allowed to speak for themselves the stories...are very different” http://t.co/bcg6D2hTwj http://t.co/lPu0XrvcG1

Fri 28 Aug 15 @ 21:19
Is it true that marriage is “alive and well” among the rich, but not the poor? http://t.co/bSRzYrzzoi http://t.co/zUDtgTNf0d