Sierra Leone is officially free of the Ebola virus, but the devastation caused by the disease has left lasting scars. Molly Hodson visited the country to see how it is coping
The 301st Three Choirs Festival, in Gloucester, starts tomorrow. Jonathan Arnold, a former participant, explores the festival’s influence on the English musical tradition
‘As soon as you call yourself a Christian, the risks are there’
THE last caption competition had
a post-Brexit feel: an archive photo of the Labour Health and Social Services Secretary Barbara Castle campaigning against the Common Market in 1975.
Straight in: ”The real issue was just why there was an international market for Rachel’s clothes” ...
One godparent had a special responsibility
What is the correct form of address for an archdeacon who is also a canon and holds a Ph.D. in theology?
Should I ever meet Canon the Venerable Dr John Smith I hope that he would allow me to call him John.Ted HarrisonAberystwyth, Ceredigion
We called her Sheila.(The Revd Dr) David VannerleySwale...
Back with the brethren
I WAS back in Boston in May to spend some time with the members of the Society of St John the Evangelist at their monastery in Cambridge, and to continue work on the Cowley Project. Since my last visit, a new Superior has been elected, and now Brother James Koester SSJE lead...
JULY: the schools’ exodus, and the feast of St James (25 July). The Camino de Santiago is the pilgrimage route leading to his shrine in Compostela, northern Spain. It is a timely reminder that our task in building and perfecting this “City of God” transcends borders and status. Celebrate with Pael...
1 Social dean arranged Sunday out for someone of lukewarm faith (9)
9 Confront first person to shout in auditorium (7)
10 Reformed chapter giving up time in good clerical activity? (9)
11 Had keen desire to get promotion embracing elevated part of church (7)
This is the 8000th edition of the Church Times. To celebrate, we’re opening up the CT archive free to everyone until the end of this month: you can explore every issue from 1863 to four weeks ago. Glyn Paflin provides a taster to whet your
Sarah Meyrick’s new novel unfolds against the backdrop of a pilgrimage. She explains why
Pat Ashworth explores resources aimed at improving clerical well-being, and finds a new emphasis on self-awareness and mutual support
‘I feel privileged to have had the chance to serve in so many different ways’
They weren’t the actual Worship Group,but a tribute act
Your answers: What, if any, are the biblical teachings and the teachings of the Church on the question whether we will eat, drink, and sleep in heaven — three activities I am particularly fond of on earth?
Tempus fugitA MERE 500 issues back, I noted in this column that milestones in the history of the Church Times had a way of creeping up on its editorial staff while they were minding other people’s business.
That seems to be even more applicable to the current, 8000th, issue, in all its multi-pla...
1 See the tiniest bit that could be significant on 9A’s day? (4)
4 Stay dry for ____ possibly? It could do without hint of rain (on 9A’s day) (5,4)
9 Saint inside? He had been outside! (7)
10 Group mixing outside home — don’t let it be this on 9A’s day! (7)
It is essential for the clergy to take enough time off, argue Jamie Harrison and Robert Innes
Michael Wright advises clergy about a change in the way rental profit is assessed
The Church has fewer stipendiary priests than ever, and they are getting older. Canon Alison Adams tells Simon Jones of unfolding possibilities for her as an SSM
The relationship between curate and training incumbent is a crucial one. Rebecca Paveley asks what makes it work
Jean Flood recounts the challenges that faced the chaplains at the Hillsborough inquest in Warrington
Leslie J. Francis and Greg Smith apply psychological theory to the Church of England’s selection process
As the General Synod begins its Shared Conversations on sexuality, we speak to someone who would prefer the talking to be over already
Katherine Elizabeth Jamie was ordained priest by the Bishop of Durham, the Right Reverend Paul Butler in Durham Cathedral on July 2
Suzanne Brumwell was ordained deacon by the Archbishop of Wales, Dr Barry Morgan, at Llandaff Cathedral on June 25 and is now will serving as an assistant curate in Cowbridge
Catherine Okoronkwo was ordained deacon at Lichfield Cathedral on 26 June and is serving her title at All Saints’, Streetly, near Sutton Coldfield.
She puts her decision to become a priest down to a chance meeting ten years earlier with the Archbishop of York, Dr Sentamu, at the Birmingham church wh...
Chris Bradish was ordained deacon in Winchester Cathedral on Sunday 3 July and will start his ministry at the Resurrection, Alton, in Hampshire.
Mr Bradish, who is 31, was a corporate lawyer in the City who decided to give it all up to follow his father into the ministry. “There was no Damascus mome...
Mr and Mrs McLelland were ordained deacons in Winchester Cathedral on July 3 and have taken on a new mission role being developed across nine churches in the city to empower ordinary members of the community to take on leadership roles in the Church