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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

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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”

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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?

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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."

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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

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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

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