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Dark decade of criminal exploitation

QUESTIONS remain over whether there are BBC managers from the 1970s who should be held culpable for the sins of Jimmy Savile. The hunt for scapegoats assumes that we will all feel better about child sexual abuse if we can nail the guilty, and move on

Word from Wormingford

Word from Wormingford

Ronald Blythe marvels at snowdrops as he works in the garden

Reducing the risk of fire

Until a few years ago, church buildings (especially those con­sec­rated) enjoyed “exemption” under Ecclesiastical Law, and were subject only to the law of faculty. In recent times, things seem to have changed

Vatican not off the hook on abuse

The fight against abuse can go too far, but no sign of this at the Vatican, Paul Vallely fears

Registered and accountable

Maggie Durran answers your questions on how to register a church as a charity

The trouble with global capitalism

Angela Tilby bemoans the state of modern capitalism

Word from Wormingford

Word from Wormingford

O, TO be in England now that January is there. Soft winter winds brush the flowering bulbs, and a chattering army of walkers breast the hill. To find snow and ice one has to travel to New York, on the nine o’clock news. The air is gentle, and blows in from the east

The enduring lure of decadence

Les Liaisons Dangereuses shows the disturbing glamour of evil, says Paul Vallely

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Word from Wormingford

Ronald Blythe sniffs the air and looks out on a white landscape

Lament for a low-key faith

Angela Tilby on being quietly C of E

Music that is sacred for our time

Paul Vallely finds echoes of transcendence in the sounds of Tavener and Taverner

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Word from Wormingford

The snow reminds Ronald Blythe of holidays in Scotland

Iran has provided some good news

The new US-Iran deal will bring benefits for us all, says Paul Vallely

Doctor, I’m in trouble

Angela Tilby on the culture of the NHS

Should we go techie?

We are updating our church audio-visual systems as part of a development project. Should we have an analogue, or a digital mixing desk? 

Advice that stirs up guilt

Angela Tilby queries the Government’s new advice on alcohol

Bowie and the science of sexuality

Theology must use sound, up-to-date discoveries, argues Paul Vallely

Word from Wormingford

Word from Wormingford

Ronald Blythe steps outside, and feels a cold north wind

To be up to date on charities, go online

We are currently refurbishing areas of our church with new chairs and a new children’s corner. Someone has said that there is a CD we can purchase that has details about various charities we could apply to. Do you know where could we buy a copy?

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Ronald Blythe gathers up holly and cards, and checks the fridge

Among the faithful and the fanatics

A new attempt to depict mainstream religion is flawed, writes Paul Vallely

Exploitation in black and white?

Angela Tilby was deeply shocked when a friend suggested that pandas were no more than an evolutionary dead end

Word from Wormingford

Word from Wormingford

Ronald Blythe ponders diaries and journals, private and public

Humanists should not be dismissed

I WONDER whether 2016 is going to be the year in which humanism will replace the Church of England as the quasi-established religion of the UK

Light shining on mongrel festivities

Paul Vallely finds signs of New Year hope for people walking in darkness

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Word from Wormingford

Ronald Blythe thinks of how three composers saved the carol

Word from Wormingford

Word from Wormingford

Ronald Blythe considers a door made grand by its carvings

Evolution and its message

Evolution reveals some important truths about God and the way God interacts with creation, writes Angela Tilby

Look and learn from the periphery

Redemption can be found by putting others centre-stage, suggests Paul Vallely

Guidance from the Chancellor

Did the Chancellor’s Autumn Statement help churches? Maggie Durran answers

A vision of hollowed-out religion

The Woolf report exhibits an impoverished secularism, says Paul Vallely

Season of desire and darkness

Angela Tilby on why Advent is her favourite season of the church year

Faculty applies to everything

We don’t quite believe a member who asserts that even our scruffy old hymn-books, long unused, are subject to faculty


Word from Wormingford

Word from Wormingford

Ronald Blythe compares Robert Louis Stevenson’s and Jesus’s storytelling

Can we make a commitment?

How long does it take to raise funds for extra facilities in churches? We want to develop our church, as so many others have been doing, but, since we know it may take a while, we are unsure how we can make a commitment to it

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