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
In this archive piece from 1994, Ronald Blythe takes a pre-Lent walk with a naturalist
The President’s repeated lying is a cause for serious concern, says Paul Vallely
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
The needs of people with disabilities are more than physical, says Paul Vallely
Ronald Blythe pays tribute to George Herbert’s love of proverbs and botany
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”
Ronald Blythe thinks of lamps, and the light that friendship brings
A prerequisite for a great leader is self-knowledge, argues Paul Vallely
To think of small things is the work of a writer, says Ronald Blythe
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)
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
A costly resin reminds Ronald Blythe of smells from his childhood
Paul Vallely examines President Trump’s use of religious language
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
A funeral leads Ronald Blythe to reflect on our mortality
It is possible Trump’s team will lend moderation, says Paul Vallely
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
Jesus had no interest in Jewish family trees, says Ronald Blythe
Paul Vallely is reassured by the resumption of normal politics in Northern Ireland
Papers feed dog-whistle politics while missing the really difficult questions, says Paul Vallely
Ronald Blythe says farewell to a friend from the past
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 ...
Paul Vallely is impressed by a poet who inhabits both the secular and the sacred
Ronald Blythe recalls Christmases spent in Cornwall, years ago
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 ...
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?
One of Jesus’s stories says everything about God’s love, declares Ronald Blythe
The death and despair in Syria troubles Paul Vallely as he prepares for Christmas
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."
Ronald Blythe finds magic in the sound of carols on a frosty day
Instead, the richness that religion brings should be celebrated, says Paul Vallely
I AM in mourning for the lost presidency of Hillary Clinton
Our faces can unwittingly reveal our inner being, says Ronald Blythe
Maggie Durran suggests what to look out for as churches put on Christmas events