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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 ...

The mystical among the detritus

Paul Vallely is impressed by a poet who inhabits both the secular and the sacred

Word from Wormingford

Word from Wormingford

Ronald Blythe recalls Christmases spent in Cornwall, years ago

A. A. Gill: an intense, real Anglican

OBITUARIES of the journalist A. A. Gill, who died at the weekend, praised him for his highly enter­taining prose, his reporting skills, and his flamboyant personality. They also noted, in passing, that he was an observant Anglican. This is a phrase not used much these days. It could suggest someone ...

Budget for renewing facilities

We are a bit flummoxed over fund-raising questions about a revenue budget. Someone told me that it is about whether we are “sustainable”; so what are we trying to do here?

Word from Wormingford

Word from Wormingford

One of Jesus’s stories says everything about God’s love, declares Ronald Blythe

The murder of Aleppo’s innocents

The death and despair in Syria troubles Paul Vallely as he prepares for Christmas

Beware of Christmas family-olatry

I THINK it may be an apocryphal story, but I heard recently of a new curate who expected Christmas Day to be a day off — after all, she said: “Christmas is family time."

Word from Wormingford

Word from Wormingford

Ronald Blythe finds magic in the sound of carols on a frosty day

Reductive secularism is no answer

Instead, the richness that religion brings should be celebrated, says Paul Vallely

A long way to go on misogyny

I AM in mourning for the lost pres­idency of Hillary Clinton

Word from Wormingford

Word from Wormingford

Our faces can unwittingly reveal our inner being, says Ronald Blythe

Seasonal safety

Maggie Durran suggests what to look out for as churches put on Christmas events

Finishing the Jubilee Year of Mercy

The world needs the pope’s ‘revolution of tenderness’ in Advent, says Paul Vallely

Cryonics won’t give eternal life

THE tragic story of the 14-year-old cancer sufferer who won permission from the High Court for her body to be cryogenically preserved has two aspects that need to be kept distinct. The first is that the girl, who died in October, had every right and reason to rebel against the illness that cut short...

Word from Wormingford

Word from Wormingford

Ronald Blythe commends pottery as a philosophical occupation for humanity

Some haunting echoes of the 1930s

Paul Vallely hopes that Mr Trump will prove to be no worse than a pragmatist

Word from Wormingford

Word from Wormingford

Ronald Blythe thinks of the lives of those named on a war memorial

Fear at the forces of darkness

I WAS on a Virgin East Coast train last Friday, when to my surprise a two-minutes’ silence was announced in memory of the dead of two World Wars. It was, of course, Armistice Day, but somehow I had not expected a packed train to be drawn into this very public moment of remembrance

He offered a fragmented redemption

Paul Vallely celebrates the art, honesty, and faith of Leonard Cohen

Find trusts that work for you

We have some significant stonework repairs to do on our village church, but we do not have much experience in applying to trusts. Can you help us to get going?

Beware the dangers of post-truth politics

British politicians should be wary of emulating Donald Trump, says Paul Vallely

Word from Wormingford

Word from Wormingford

Ronald Blythe considers the pathos of the Unknown Warrior

Word for Wormingford

Word for Wormingford

Ronald Blythe thinks of a former companion on a trip to Scotland

Female Lear fails to land emotional punch

Glenda Jackson’s King Lear falls short of Paul Vallely’s expectations

Word from Wormingford

Word from Wormingford

Ronald Blythe waters his flowers, and feels guilt at neglecting his fruit trees

A benefit system inspired by Kafka  

Ken Loach’s new film has exposed new bureaucratic cruelty, says Paul Vallely

Word from Wormingford

Word from Wormingford

Ronald Blythe recalls cycle rides as a boy, splashing through puddles

Chat beyond the grave is no substitute for hope

IT WAS recently reported that an American technology company has created a virtual version of a dead person. This is a “chat bot”, based on thousands of text messages sent by the deceased before he died, and recreating his speech patterns to enable virtual conversations to continue between him and his bereaved friends

Find trusts that work for you

We have some significant stonework repairs to do on our village church, but we do not have much experience in applying to trusts. Can you help us to get going?   YOUR first task is to identify a few trusts that may help you with grants towards the work. The list on the Churchcare website (www.c...

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