Ronald Blythe considers Prayers Written at Vailima and Wormingford
Cultural vandalism should not take priority over human rights, says Paul Vallely
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...
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...
The disciples were afraid of drowning, says Ronald Blythe
Paul Vallely celebrates the heroism of the runners-up to the runners-up
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
Ronald Blythe travels to Aldeburgh and joins the suntanned crowd
Paul Vallely probes the links between the playwright and the European Union
Ronald Blythe reflects on the country silence and gifts of creation
Christians and Muslims can work together for gender justice, says Elaine Storkey
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
Trevor Barnes considers the prevalence of rage in contemporary life
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...
The July heat reminds Ronald Blythe of family visits in the past
On a cool evening, Ronald Blythe sits with Mary, Martha, and Alice
Angela Tilby longs for a dash of humility among those seeking high office
Maggie Durran on permissions needed to carry out works
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...
George Herbert’s poems make Ronald Blythe think of St Luke’s Acts
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...
Maggie Durran explains how the tendering process works
There are good ways of responding to ‘sexified’ adverts, says Peter Graystone
Ronald Blythe on a poet of Cornwall
Ronald Blythe ponders stony issues across the history of the Church
Angela Tilby looks to St Benedict for answers after the result of the EU referendum
Political parties need to reconnect with alienated voters, says Paul Vallely
Maggie Durran advises what to look out for when considering a new servery or kitchen
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
The saint exemplifies a deep ambivalence towards women, says Paul Vallely
Ronald Blythe muses on the joy of each and every sound
Paul Vallely weights up the individuals on both sides of the EU referendum
Maggie Durran explains how, when, and why to choose contractors through a competitive tender process
Ronald Blythe re-reads a diary that is suited to all times of life
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