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Word from Wormingford

Ronald Blythe considers Prayers Written at Vailima and Wormingford

Destroying people is still worse

Cultural vandalism should not take priority over human rights, says Paul Vallely

Agree early with your architect

Your architect is paid by you to do what you want. He or she is not some minor deity who must be obeyed at all costs. I knew a church­warden who asked for a new external oak door to be finished with oil of some sort, but the architect insisted that it had to be varnished. Eight years after it was do...

Perishing without lay prophets

WE HEAR much of lay leadership today. Often it chiefly means lay people’s participating in the Church’s decision-making processes and helping to implement its policies. This is all very important, no doubt, and the Church is, of course, deeply dependent on the mostly voluntary work of th...

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The disciples were afraid of drowning, says Ronald Blythe

In praise of the fourth place

Paul Vallely celebrates the heroism of the runners-up to the runners-up

Sex-abuse inquiry is too big

IT ALWAYS seemed a bit strange to me that the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse appointed a judge from New Zealand, Dame Lowell Goddard, to chair its inves­tiga­tions, after her two predecessors had stepped down. She was, of course, appointed precisely because

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Ronald Blythe travels to Aldeburgh and joins the suntanned crowd


How might Shakespeare have voted?

Paul Vallely probes the links between the playwright and the European Union

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Ronald Blythe reflects on the country silence and gifts of creation

Unite in the face of domestic abuse

Christians and Muslims can work together for gender justice, says Elaine Storkey

High-profile ministry of presence

There is more to the personality vicar than meets the eye, however. The word “parson”, after all, comes from “person”. The vicar was, trad­itionally, a “person” who filled a role, the one reliable sign of the presence of God with his people

Anger is the new default setting

Trevor Barnes considers the prevalence of rage in contemporary life

Is this the moment for Marxism?

I ALWAYS try to do a bit of theo­logy in the summer, and have been look­ing at the writ­ings of Donald Mac­­Kinnon, the philo­sopher and theo­logian who so influenced Rowan Williams in his student years. MacKinnon was a huge, brood­ing presence in the Divinity Faculty at Cam­­bridge, an Anglo-Cathol...

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The July heat reminds Ronald Blythe of family visits in the past

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On a cool evening, Ronald Blythe sits with Mary, Martha, and Alice

Forget big egos: look for potential

Angela Tilby longs for a dash of humility among those seeking high office

Seeking permission at all stages

Maggie Durran on permissions needed to carry out works

Measure twice, before the DAC

Before submitting reordering plans to the DAC, make sure that you are in agreement with all the content. You will not be able to make sub­stantive changes afterwards without a resubmission, which will cause delay. Do not be afraid to question apparent errors and omissions. The tender documents (draw...

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George Herbert’s poems make Ronald Blythe think of St Luke’s Acts

History does not work by reason

PUBLIC inquiries into events that go wrong have become fashionable in recent years. The Chilcot inquiry is the third such investigation into the Iraq war, and the first to attempt to apportion blame to politicians. The instinct to learn from mis­takes is understandable. The public demand for scapego...

Call in the professionals

Maggie Durran explains how the tendering process works

When to protest about sexualisation

There are good ways of responding to ‘sexified’ adverts, says Peter Graystone

Word from Wormingford

Ronald Blythe on a poet of Cornwall

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Ronald Blythe ponders stony issues across the history of the Church

Listen, as St Benedict suggested

Angela Tilby looks to St Benedict for answers after the result of the EU referendum

Bregret will not be enough now

Political parties need to reconnect with alienated voters, says Paul Vallely

Serve your own servery

Maggie Durran advises what to look out for when considering a new servery or kitchen

Survival for those ordinands

THE ordination season is upon us, and deacons-to-be are experiment­ing with their new cassocks, and per­haps gingerly trying on their clerical shirts in front of the mirror

Mary Magdalene gets her day at last

The saint exemplifies a deep ambivalence towards women, says Paul Vallely

Word from Wormingford

Ronald Blythe muses on the joy of each and every sound

A descent into ad hominem attack

Paul Vallely weights up the individuals on both sides of the EU referendum

Competitive contracting

Maggie Durran explains how, when, and why to choose contractors through a competitive tender process

Word from Wormingford

Ronald Blythe re-reads a diary that is suited to all times of life

EU workers reveal UK failings

I HAVE a team of three cleaners who turn up at my house once a week, bring their own equipment, and go through my kitchen, bathrooms, bedroom, study, and sitting room in a whirlwind of Hoovers, bleach, and polish; iron any sheets and clerical shirts; and depart within an

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