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Word from Wormingford

Word from Wormingford

Ronald Blythe considers a young map maker who recorded country houses

Check every detail twice

CHECK the minute details before proceeding. I have often quoted a carpenters’ saying: “Measure twice, cut once.”

A big no to themes for Sundays

TIME for a liturgical rant: my beef this week is with themed Sundays. There are many, and they are no doubt a godsend to those ministers who have abandoned the calendar, along with the liturgy, and need an endless supply of new “re­­sources” to keep worship going week by week

Grasping the details of asylum

The debate needs Christians to get involved in the tough questions, says Paul Vallely

Deeds that illuminate a dark night

Deeds that illuminate a dark night

MOTHER TERESA of Calcutta wanted the letters destroyed that charted the desolation of her spiritual life. They were not; they were published in 2007. They revealed that, at the same time as her work for the poorest of the poor was turning her into a world celebrity, her inner life was a private hell...

True public-service broadcasting

True public-service broadcasting

The Archers’ domestic-abuse story has spread sympathy, says Paul Vallely

Word from Wormingford

Word from Wormingford

Ronald Blythe attempts to get some work done, in spite of the sunshine

Word from Wormingford

Word from Wormingford

Ronald Blythe recalls feeling cold as a youth, on a visit to Aldeburgh

Reach the young where they hurt

THE Children’s Society’s Good Childhood Report, pub­lished last week, telling of a growing gap be­­tween the happiness levels of girls and boys, provides new evi­dence of the fragility of young people’s men­tal health

Listen carefully to the Brexiteers

Many of the poorest people voted to be even worse off, says Paul Vallely

Word from Wormingford

Word from Wormingford

Marvellous words can emanate from prison, says Ronald Blythe

Mother Teresa: the fast-track saint

The Nun is the newest swift canonisation in a Vatican craze, says Paul Vallely

Word from Wormingford

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...

Word from Wormingford

Word from Wormingford

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

Word from Wormingford

Word from Wormingford

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

Word from Wormingford

Word from Wormingford

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...

Word from Wormingford

Word from Wormingford

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

Word from Wormingford

Word from Wormingford

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...

Word from Wormingford

Word from Wormingford

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

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