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Glimpses of heaven

Glimpses of heaven

I LOVE all kinds of liturgical chant: Anglican chant, Taizé chants, Orthodox chant

Word from Wormingford

Word from Wormingford

In this archive column from 1995, Ronald Blythe walks in the footsteps of Samuel Crossman

In defence of George Osborne

In defence of George Osborne

Paul Vallely holds that the former Chancellor can both be an MP and edit a paper

 

This victory for populism is a disaster

This victory for populism is a disaster

WHEN I heard that the Bishop of Burnley, the Rt Revd Philip North, was being translated to Sheffield, my first reaction was to text him my congratulations. I have known Philip for about 15 years, and we coincided for a few years on the Liturgical Commission

The unfazed pontiff enters fifth year

The unfazed pontiff enters fifth year

Opposition to Francis highlights his achievements, says Paul Vallely

Word from Wormingford

Word from Wormingford

In this archive column from 2006, Ronald Blythe returns to his former haunts in Aldeburgh

Nutrition is not a private choice

Nutrition is not a private choice

AS THOUGH to coincide with the start of Lent, the Institute of Eco­nomic Affairs (IEA) published a report on Thursday of last week chal­­­leng­ing the belief that poor nut­rition and obesity are causally linked to economic deprivation

Flag-waving Fillon breaks the mould

Flag-waving Fillon breaks the mould

In French politics, Roman Catholicism is returning to the surface, says Paul Vallely

Word from Wormingford

Word from Wormingford

In March 2001, Lent and foot-and-mouth disease coincided. An archive piece by Ronald Blythe

 

Attending to the hate within

I TEND to read theology in trains — the rumbling movements seem to aid concentration

Word from Wormingford

Word from Wormingford

Ronald Blythe starts Lent in in snow-imposed solitude in this archive piece from March 1996

This anti-press strategy isn’t original

Trump’s singling out of news media as ‘the enemy’ is troubling, says Paul Vallely

Beyond a two-state solution

IT HAD been in the air for months, even years, before Donald Trump suggested it: the two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict is virtually dead. Things could have been so differ­ent

Word from Wormingford

Word from Wormingford

In this archive piece from 1994, Ronald Blythe takes a pre-Lent walk with a naturalist

 

In Trump’s US, belief replaces fact

The President’s repeated lying is a cause for serious concern, says Paul Vallely

The ‘It girl’ with a big heart

I HAVE a friend who is an ardent republican, who is nevertheless ob­­sessed by the royal family, and has a secret collection of royal photo­graph albums and other memorabilia

It’s time to foster communities of belonging

The needs of people with disabilities are more than physical, says Paul Vallely

Word from Wormingford

Word from Wormingford

Ronald Blythe pays tribute to George Herbert’s love of proverbs and botany

Hurt paid a price for self-discovery

VOCATION is a curious thing. Sir John Hurt, the actor who died the week before last, knew that he wanted to act from the age of nine. He reported that, on stage, he had “an extraordinary feeling that I was in the place that I was meant to be”

Word from Wormingford

Word from Wormingford

Ronald Blythe thinks of lamps, and the light that friendship brings

Has Trump the capacity to hold an inner dialogue?

A prerequisite for a great leader is self-knowledge, argues Paul Vallely

Word from Wormingford

Word from Wormingford

To think of small things is the work of a writer, says Ronald Blythe

Bishops, leave those deans alone

CATHEDRAL deans are meeting on Monday to discuss the fallout from last year’s cash-flow crisis at Peterborough Cathedral, when the cathedral ran out of money to pay its staff (News, 29 July 2016)

Mission is more than marketing

LIKE Dr Margaret Barker (Back Page Interview, 20 January), I would have more confidence in the Church’s mission agenda if I knew what its content was

Word from Wormingford

Word from Wormingford

A costly resin reminds Ronald Blythe of smells from his childhood

Presidential piety does not ring true

Paul Vallely examines President Trump’s use of religious language

Not chosen by God or the devil

IN THE ancient world, power transitions were often marked by rites of divination. The gods made their will known through natural phenomena, celestial signs like comets or storms, and trained experts made deductions based on the flight of birds or the internal organs of those sacrificed

Word from Wormingford

Word from Wormingford

A funeral leads Ronald Blythe to reflect on our mortality

Whispers in the presidential chariot

It is possible Trump’s team will lend moderation, says Paul Vallely

A cruise line that cared about God

THE collapse of Swan Hellenic, the cruise line that sought to blend small-ship travel with high culture, spells the end of free holidays for a number of clergy, including bishops and cathedral deans, who accepted invitations to lecture on board

Word from Wormingford

Word from Wormingford

Jesus had no interest in Jewish family trees, says Ronald Blythe

Upside of the cash-for-ash scandal

Paul Vallely is reassured by the resumption of normal politics in Northern Ireland

UK aid policy needs better scrutiny than this

Papers feed dog-whistle politics while missing the really difficult questions, says Paul Vallely

Word from Wormingford

Word from Wormingford

Ronald Blythe says farewell to a friend from the past

The Ancient of Days is an hour or two

THE great appeal of Christmas is that it invites us to worship God in the form of a child. From the human point of view, Christmas confirms a human instinct to revere the na­­tural, wonderful turbulence of child­birth. As Sydney Carter once put it: “When the King of all creation Had a cradle on the ...

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Doing without bacon rolls and paintball

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