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The Victoria Wood way: a trail for others, too

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 unacceptable face of capitalism

The demise of BHS reveals a wider problem in big business, says Paul Vallely


Word from Wormingford

Word from Wormingford

Ronald Blythe reflects on St Paul’s words on loving and giving

Word from Wormingford

Word from Wormingford

Listening to the sounds of nature, Ronald Blythe is never lonely

Deadly twin of avarice

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

A polemic with facts to fit prejudices

C4’s What British Muslims Really Think was alarmist nonsense, says Paul Vallely

No volunteers — get a professional

We are about to get started on a building project. Should we appoint one of our number — such as a churchwarden — as project manager?

Word from Wormingford

Word from Wormingford

Like St Francis, Ronald Blythe finds delight in Nature’s gifts

Dependent on grace, not perfection

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

Not a judge or a fudge, but a nudge

Pope Francis has become the first true Vatican II pontiff, says Paul Vallely

‘This above all: to thine own self be true’

The playwright’s spirituality is complex and difficult to discern, says Paul Vallely

Check, check — and check again

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...

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Word from Wormingford

Ronald Blythe recalls seeing plough horses drink from his pond

Give thanks for gender difference

"If there is no maleness or femaleness to measure ourselves against, even the mildest form of gender-bending becomes meaningless"


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Word from Wormingford

Ronald Blythe finds delight in the writings of Julian of Norwich

Confronting atrocities in Pakistan

The West must keep up the pressure over blasphemy laws, says Paul Vallely

An Easter struggle for the soul of Europe

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

Music, dancing, and drinking

What community activities can we, or can’t we, use our church for? Is a yoga class allowed?

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Word from Wormingford

Are we enjoying God’s world as we should, asks Ronald Blythe

If we’re not all in this together . . .

The IDS of March reveals a residual need for fair play, says Paul Vallely

Holy Week faith in food

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

It’s about compassion for migrants

Archbishop Welby’s views have been misrepresented, says Paul Vallely

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Word from Wormingford

Will the old farmhouse survive the wild wind, wonders Ronald Blythe

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Word from Wormingford

Ronald Blythe thinks of how commuters pass the time

So what if DiCaprio has a private jet (if he has)?

You don’t have to be poor to campaign for the planet, argues Paul Vallely

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Word from Wormingford

We all experience life in a fragmented way, says Ronald Blythe

Security v. privacy

Governments must keep security risks in proportion, says Paul Vallely

Tolerance and the Trebor moment

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

Reneging on an option for the poor?

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

Merkel’s strong, unshowy faith

Merkel’s strong, unshowy faith

The German Chancellor’s religion appears influential but unobtrusive, says Nick Spencer

Pressure builds on the Cardinal

George Pell is to be quizzed over a paedophile priest, reports Paul Vallely


Present to God, not to the phone

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...

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Word from Wormingford

Ronald Blythe enjoys the early spring, and winter with War and Peace

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