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Keep up with your VAT claims

Maggie Durran explains the Listed Places of Worship Grant Scheme

Fighting the forces of evil

Fighting the forces of evil

The First World War demonstrates thatevil exists, argues J. John. It serves asa warning against dehumanisation, and the propensity forevil to hijack religion

Keeping the faith under fire

Keeping the faith under fire

Large numbers of clergy volunteered to be military chaplains during the Great War. They were responsible for a multiplicity of vital tasks, from keeping the troops entertained to burying the dead, says Peter Street

Conflict on the home front

Conflict on the home front

The Church of England broadly supported the war, and many clergy wanted to enlist. But the effects of fighting overseas meant a critical ministry in parishes. Robert Beaken explains

Salvation, with strong, sweet tea

Salvation, with strong, sweet tea

The First World War began on 28 July,100 years ago. The Church Army went quickly into action, following the troops with the tea urn - and much more. Johanna Derry  reports

A poet who sets puzzles

A poet who sets puzzles

After the publication of a new edition of Rowan Williams's poems, Cole Moreton asks the priest-poet what goes on behind the verse

Following up the leader

Following up the leader

In an extract from his updated biography of Rowan Williams, Rupert Shortt examines the former Archbishop's quest for church unity

Petertide ordinations: Souls under our cure

Petertide ordinations: Souls under our cure

A new collection pulls together the experience of curates, training incumbents, and diocesan supervisers. Here they reflect on their calling, their image, their problems . . . and their round

Petertide ordinations: Viewed from the other end

Petertide ordinations: Viewed from the other end

Not all Greek: older priests disagree about the value of their early training, Pat Ashworth reports

Petertide ordinations

Petertide ordinations

THE FOLLOWING were ordained by the Bishop in his Cathedral on 29 June, unless otherwise stated

Resurrection for ancient buildings

Resurrection for ancient buildings

The Synod is debating its funding for the trust that cares for historic churches no longer used regularly for worship. Rachel Giles reports

‘A long process of liberation’

‘A long process of liberation’

As the Synod prepares to vote on women bishops, Paul Handley talks to Katharine Jefferts Schori, the only woman Primate

A mind over matter

A mind over matter

The moral philosopher Mary Midgley, at the age of 95, regrets that she didn't take Christianity more seriously. She talks to Andrew Brown

Friends across the generations

Friends across the generations

We may be living longer, but we are also increasingly lonely. Huw Spanner considers how churches can respond to the needs of elderly people

Funding to be found

Funding to be found

THE most basic ways to address the needs of isolated older people -visiting and befriending, or volunteering with a charity such as Contact the Elderly - cost little in monetary terms. More ambitious projects, though, may require funding.

Learning to read . . . a church

Learning to read . . . a church

Shandy Hall museum, in north Yorkshire, has launched a scheme to encourage primary-school children to explore their local church. Paul Wilkinson reports

Where the saints have trod

Where the saints have trod

In April, Andrea Campanale and a band of fellow pilgrims who are being trained for pioneer ministry travelled to Ireland for inspiration from the Celtic saints. Photos by Jonny Baker

The Christian Left: going or gone?

The Christian Left: going or gone?

As political parties fight for the support of the 'squeezed middle', what has happened to Christian Socialism? Catherine Lafferty reports

Sanctuary from the streets

Sanctuary from the streets

Becca Stevens, a guest at this year's Greenbelt Festival, launched a rescue service for sexworkers in Nashville - and a company to provide alternative work. Kay West  reports

John Clare: Nature’s hidden poet

John Clare: Nature’s hidden poet

To mark the 150th anniversary of Clare's death, Ronald Blythe provides an insight into the tragic and triumphant life of one of Britain's foremost nature poets

War stories and peace talks

War stories and peace talks

Last weekend's Bloxham Festival of Faith and Literature, sponsored by the Church Times, was on the theme of war and peace. Reports by Malcolm DoneyMeryl Doney, and Paul Handley  Photos by K. T. Bruce

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Mon 28 Jul 14 @ 16:42
"A sense that in some way the disappearance of the sacred is a huge wound" Rowan Williams @BBCRadio4's The Waste Land http://t.co/90PxbPopjr

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Outing: is it ever right? @lucy25 is responding to comments made by @PeterTatchell here: http://t.co/NRkJS73PAX