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Paternal judgement

Radio: Anybody who still needs reassurance that Chris Evans has made the transition from cocky TV presenter to charming Radio 2 star should listen to his interview on Saturday Live about the joys of reading to your children

Methodism at work

Radio:  IT IS part of the Church in England; but could never be the Church of England. This judgement on the state of Methodism and its relationship to the Establishment came at the end of a typically acerbic critique by Quentin Letts: What's the Point of . . . The Methodists?

Out of the ordinary

Radio: As a means of describing human behaviour, the word "normal" has been in the English language only since the early 19th century. The current terminology is "neurotypical"; and it was in celebration of neurodiversity that Bridget Kendall gathered her guests for last week's The Forum

 

Plain and simple

Radio: If the Church of England were asked to come up with a format for a radio programme, it might come up with Agree to Differ (Radio 4, Wednesday of last week), "a new way to understand a controversial issue", the blurb says

Big Society bungles

Radio: MANY Church Times readers will want to get their "I told you so" T-shirts out of the wardrobe after hearing The Report last week. The subject was the Big Society: the big idea deployed in 2010 to give some semblance of vision to the makeshift reality of coalition

Hocus-pocus

Radio: Fry's English Delight (Radio 4, Monday of last week) offered a perfect match of content and presentation

Disappointing dish

Radio: WHETHER it is to explain why we like to get together of a weekday evening and sing in choirs, or why we like to drink ourselves silly of a weekend, it seems that, nowadays, people are looking to evolutionary biology as the source of all wisdom.

Death in life

Edward Wickham listens to a documentary about death row, and a review of agony aunt dilemmas across the globe 

Subject to ridicule

Edward Wickham listens to Ian Hislop celebrate the 300-year anniversary of Pope's The Rape of the Lock

 

 

Bowlers and bands

Radio:  It is marching season in Northern Ireland, and the Orange bands are bringing people on to the streets in demonstrations that are half-pageant, half-protest, turning the heads of otherwise level-headed people with a ceremonial that casts a spell beyond the understanding of the rest of us.

Rousing renditions

Radio: Spare a thought for our cousins across the Atlantic, who, at the start of every major sporting event, have to endure "The Star-Spangled Banner", gilded to the point of collapse by wannabe-Whitney Houstons.

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Appointments

AINSWORTH. The Revd Janina Ainsworth, formerly Chief Educ...

Setting an example: bishops spend two days talking about sex

Setting an example: bishops spend two days talking about sex

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Resignations and retirements

BELL. The Revd Stuart Bell, Acting Area Dean of Llanba...

Deaths

CASSWELL. - On 30 August, the Revd Peter Joyce Ca...

Job of the week

National Adviser & Archbishop's Secretary for Inter Religious Affairs

London and Home Counties

With its network of parishes covering the country, the Church of England plays an active role in national life, bringing animportant Christian dimension to the nation as well as strengthening community....  Read More

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From sanctity to sleuthing

From sanctity to sleuthing

The murder rate in Grantchester is about to go up. Olly Grant talks to the team behind a new clerical crime drama for ITV  Subscribe to read more

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Three summits and 14 months for the planet

Politicians need to hear the message on climate change more clearly: Christians must act now, argues Steven Croft  Subscribe to read more

Sun 21 Sep 14 @ 10:28
RT @lambethpalaceArchbishop @JustinWelby's statement on the anniversary of the Peshawar church bombings: http://t.co/DVo3LCkrOp

Sat 20 Sep 14 @ 13:25
RT @lambethpalaceWATCH: Archbishop @JustinWelby on yesterday's historic Anglican-Vatican cricket match: http://t.co/WF1YltSeIw