Permanent deacons, Readers, and ministry needs in the C of E; Female diaconate in the Early Church; Syria: British and US policy is scandalous; Bell and the refugees; Mental illness: further perspective of a patient; Copernicus and the precedents for his ideas; The Columba Declaration and Celtic spirituality; Three who crossed the ice and sensed a fourth
Mental health: the importance of challenging stigma and misconceptions; Courage and compassion of Christian Concern; Expectations and the hand of God in the Church’s ministry of healing; Publications list denotes an inward-looking C of E; Labour and criticism of the Israeli government; It’s a fine thing to be outsped by ecumenism
Christian Concern article ‘does not speak for us’; BNP’s claim that it is endorsed by Primate; Amnesty International and the Irish abortion law; Anglicans, Lutherans, and the see of Rome; Consistory court’s costs ruling in Hanworth case; Mind your languages
Responsibility for Hillsborough is widely spread; The Primates, the ACC, and Anglican authority; Centre’s proposals for a ‘Zero Carbon Britain’; Questions on the ethics of nuclear deterrence; Passing on blessings received at school; The danger of making the Spirit ‘impersonal’; Bilingual services; The cost of funerals, especially according to the rites of the C of E; Special training is desirable for interim ministry;
Electronic communications for today’s Church; Thomas the Tank Engine gravestone ruling; Being ‘realistic’ about dependence on fossil fuels; Local credit unions need local ethical investors; Physical resurrection; Big plans? Then get in touch with the DAC early; Parsonages and the invisibility of the clergy
Storey case in London; and services for the abused; Commended ‘robust approach’ to fossil fuels is unrealistic about demand; Infrastructure projects: compare like with like; Credit union’s achievements in first year; Interfaith blindspot of theological futurologists
Change, not decay: the support of parishes through interim ministry; Tax avoidance and the authorities’ successes; Housing: issues that Christian comment needs to take into account; Times to wear, and not wear, the clerical collar; These that have turned the world upside down;
Schools as academies: yea or nay?
From the Revd Dr John A. Williams
Sir, — I was taken aback by the abrupt change of gear three-quarters of the way through Colin Hopkins’s article on the Government’s White Paper Educational Excellence Everywhere (Comment, 1 April).
Up to this poin...
From the Revd Richard J. Adams; From the Rt Revd Lord Harries of Pentregarth; From the Revd Paul Nicolson; From Professor Linda Woodhead; From Mr Jonathan Luxmoore; From the Revd Geoffrey Squire SSC
No need for grand declarations in Synod; Unfashionable writer whose novels are infused with the things of God; Artefacts reveal Roman’s thirst for the divine; Misleading implications in press comments on cases of abuse by churchmen; Such good eggs; Wanted: perfect priest for perfect parish; Conscription, conscientious objection, and armchairs for the top brass; The downside of choice; Where is the freedom to speak one’s mind?
Migrants: racism is there, beneath the surface; ‘Theology Now’: long-ago women mystics; and present appreciation; Those accused of abuse may be victims, too; A broader view from the far north; Warm memories of a sharp-witted old-school bishop; Charities exist to lobby for the disadvantaged; Columba Declaration showed ‘no sense of love and partnership’ with SEC