I WAS getting ready for morning prayer on Thursday of last week, when I heard that Victoria Wood had died. Instinctively, I lit a candle for her at the shrine of St Frideswide in Christ Church Cathedral
The demise of BHS reveals a wider problem in big business, says Paul Vallely
Ronald Blythe reflects on St Paul’s words on loving and giving
Listening to the sounds of nature, Ronald Blythe is never lonely
DEADLY sins go in and out of fashion, as recent news events demonstrate. Gluttony is serious — see the obesity epidemic. Lust is apparently no longer much of a problem — the Culture Secretary’s liaison with a dominatrix produced sniggers rather than censure
C4’s What British Muslims Really Think was alarmist nonsense, says Paul Vallely
We are about to get started on a building project. Should we appoint one of our number — such as a churchwarden — as project manager?
Like St Francis, Ronald Blythe finds delight in Nature’s gifts
I DID NOT know whether I would be able to cope with the family drama The A Word (BBC1, Tuesdays). The “A” is for autism — and my fear was that we would be subjected to a weird mixture of special effects and sentimental overacting. But I was wrong
Pope Francis has become the first true Vatican II pontiff, says Paul Vallely
The playwright’s spirituality is complex and difficult to discern, says Paul Vallely
After your description of the steps necessary in working with the church’s architect (26 February), we realised that we would like to know how the stages of our building project would unfold.
BUILDING projects on churches usually begin with the realisation, based on the quinquennial inspection repor...
Ronald Blythe recalls seeing plough horses drink from his pond
"If there is no maleness or femaleness to measure ourselves against, even the mildest form of gender-bending becomes meaningless"
Ronald Blythe finds delight in the writings of Julian of Norwich
The West must keep up the pressure over blasphemy laws, says Paul Vallely
EASTER poses a question about whether there can be a winner without a loser; a victory without a vanquished foe. Of course, in the traditional language, it is the “dark forces” of sin and death that are defeated
What community activities can we, or can’t we, use our church for? Is a yoga class allowed?
Are we enjoying God’s world as we should, asks Ronald Blythe
The IDS of March reveals a residual need for fair play, says Paul Vallely
RABBI Lionel Blue has often said that he absorbs his faith through food. I think I do, too. Perhaps we should not be thinking too much about eating as Holy Week begins, but the liturgical rhythms of the week require some creative thinking in the kitchen department
Archbishop Welby’s views have been misrepresented, says Paul Vallely
Will the old farmhouse survive the wild wind, wonders Ronald Blythe
Ronald Blythe thinks of how commuters pass the time
You don’t have to be poor to campaign for the planet, argues Paul Vallely
We all experience life in a fragmented way, says Ronald Blythe
Governments must keep security risks in proportion, says Paul Vallely
ONE of the hardest problems we face as a society is reconciling inclusivity with diversity. Tolerance is put under strain when it has to tolerate intolerance
AT THE General Synod last week, the Bishop of Burnley, the Rt Revd Philip North, painted a bleak picture of church life on the outer estates of our great conurbations
The German Chancellor’s religion appears influential but unobtrusive, says Nick Spencer
George Pell is to be quizzed over a paedophile priest, reports Paul Vallely
LENT started late for me this year. When I was a pious lay person (instead of the raddled old cleric I am now), I used to look ahead to Lent, planning my routine of abstinence with military precision — even, one year, starting a few days early to get into practice.
This year, however, Lent has...
Ronald Blythe enjoys the early spring, and winter with War and Peace