Newly released archive material reveals the origins of Thomas Barnardo’s foster-care scheme, which continues to meet a need. Pat Ashworth reports
As the Olympic participants head home from Rio, Nick Watson explores the growing relationship between sport and the Churches
‘What makes me angry? Myself’
Bishop Ruth recognised the maternal instinct whrn she saw it
Your answers - At what age is it considered that an experienced Reader (or LLM) is too old to be ordained?
DID City workers, I wonder, break earlier for lunch in 1916?
FOR many of us, the holiday season is ending. Pottering in a garden, as the light grows softer and the morning dews grow heavier, can help us to ease back to our normal schedule without making too many demands on us
7 Pope struggled with Right Reverend’s concise edition, and got on well (9)
8 Ape cavorting to a new hymn of praise (5)
10 The can never speak ill of the dead (8)
11 Enjoy good taste (6)
12 Hot time for one of the immortal females (4)
13 Judgement defined in a few words...
Comedian, ‘cult optimist’, and aspiring Quaker, Josie Long is appearing for the first time at the Greenbelt Festival. She talks to Jemima Thackray
‘Discipleship’ has been much maligned of late. In a new book, Rowan Williams explains why it’s important, and what it involves
Our reviewers introduce the shortlist of contenders for this year’s prize
‘You have to smell like the poor, and muddle through’
IT WAS the Olympics this week, in case anyone missed it, and the achievements in Rio inspired more than just sporting prowess.
“Clergy were brought in to calm waves on Rio Olympic lake” (Richard Barnes); “The Vatican’s rowers arrived at Rio a little unprepared for their inten...
The theme for the holiday club was “at the seaside”
Exchange of views; Literal believer; Religious ferment; Lost references
HOW do you get Pikachu on to a bus? You Pokémon! OK, it’s an old joke; but the good news is that the children of today who might be amused by it were not around when Pokémon first hit the streets 20 years ago
1 Fellow English-speaking? That’s a blessing (11)
9 The last order — time to retreat (5)
10 One from northern Europe exceptionally valiant (7)
11 Hard task for Zulu monks? (4,5)
12 Time to meet nymph (5)
13 One of less than dozen in holy orders (11)
14 Person who might...
This year, Greenbelt is handing over two main events to the public. George Luke reports on past successes and this year’s plans
Fresh challenges about inclusivity for English cathedral choirs also present new opportunities, David Knowles hears
‘You have to do a kind of audit of all your congregation’s needs’
The Thurifer was followed by the Boat Boy and the One Who Pokes the Smoke Detector
It’s all in the game; Cornish reverie; One more step. . . ; Rare sighting
IF YOU are lucky enough to eat at my friend Jenny’s table, you know that you will taste nothing better anywhere else. We sat down to a rich spinach, date, and almond salad recently, followed by a dish of lentils and al dente vegetables, complemented by a simple aubergine purée and Gre...
Clockwise round the perimeter, from bottom right, runs a quotation from a Psalm Across 8 Priest leaves to deliver sermon on remote community work (8) 9 Italian city’s motorway network (5) 10 Patriarch’s denial leads to ancient heresy (4) 11 Fancy bedroom with girl shortly...
Jo Wroe meets the poet Valerie Bloom who will be performing at Greenbelt this month
Jacqui Thornton reports from Brazil on how the churches are helping to combat the Zika virus
There are measures that can be taken to prevent child abuse, argues Donald Findlater, and the Church should be giving them consideration