William Sancroft, born 400 years ago this month, was Archbishop of Canterbury in turbulent times; his period in office included incarceration in the Tower of London. John Tiller tells his story
A collaboration between a new medieval drama project and the first girl-choristers’ choir to be founded in Oxford since the university’s medieval beginnings might help us to rethink how we use our churches and chapels today, argues Jonathan Arnold
‘It’s a huge privilege to be able to contribute to the great stream of biblical scholarship’
THE Christmas lights are presumably down by now, but our readers had a few things to say about them while there were up.
The plan to reorder the interior had an unexpected boost
Your answersIs there a legal reason that churches don’t advertise at wedding fairs? The public are beginning to think that they can’t get married in churches. This is an absurd situation.
Churches have been well represented at wedding fairs national and local for many years. In my book Making the ...
Address-book blues; Favourite rabbi; Old news; Legless in Gaza; Hanging on
THE age at which people begin using mobile phones and electronic devices such as tablets continues to fall. Research in 2013 showed that, on average, children had been given a mobile phone by the age of 11; and that ten per cent had been given one by the age of five
9 Song and dance helping worship (9)
10 Characters joining in fun clearly part of the family (5)
11 Torrid area limiting small ornamental plant (5)
12 22A’s cardinal flourishing (9)
13 Man miraculously saved from chasm he tumbled down (7)
14 State territory detailed in...
Anne Summers explains her research into the uncelebrated interfaith initiatives of Christian and Jewish women at the turn of the century
In an extract from his new book, Alex Wright explores uncertainty and doubt in the changing landscape and communities of Norfolk
One of London’s hidden treasures is about to be opened to the public. Leigh Hatts reports
A gap-year or short-term mission placement can add something interesting to a CV, but it is also a chance to develop spiritually. Rebecca Paveley looks at opportunities for students and those on a career break
‘Jazz in church lets us sing about the harshest realities of life’
Guys and clocks; Carnival is not over; Little and large; The right tackle
IT IS the Epiphany season, and thoughts turn to crowns. We do not have much of a culinary tradition for this feast, but perhaps this Epiphany ham crown recipe may help
1 The fables mother composed to be guide for wise men (4,2,9)9 Member of the clergy grabbing rest, with energy to save (7)10 French writer’s disciple penning English introduction to novel (7)11 Incident woman found in Old Testament and accompanying work (5)12 One rubbish pie...
The wee three kings arrived — better late than never
David Goodhew examines why some parts of the Anglican Communion are growing fast, and others are not
Pilgrimage is more popular than ever before. At Epiphany, James Harpur traces its journey from the Magi to modern virtual tours
‘A lot of poets don’t read novels. They take too long to say what they want to say’
As soon as the three wise men turned up, the were co-opted to the deanery synod.
Beaming bright; Joint commemoration; Christian’s acre; De profundis; The Scandi way
RECENTLY, I received a press release from the body in Beaune responsible for promoting the wines of Burgundy around the world, giving details of the material that they distribute to primary schools, explaining the part played by wine in the world — and, I suppose, in that of many of their families
1 Tall building almost forbidding traveller (7)
5 New dust is swirling? We don’t get covered (7)
9 Value contrition, dismissing soft expression (11)
10 Tree, caught in storm, leaning backwards (3)
11 1A beginning to recruit one into service, after reflection (5)
“I HAVE got to forgive them. I still forgive them,” Gee Walker says, talking about the murderers of her 18-year-old son Anthony.
“If it means I have to forgive the guy who killed my son, then that’s exactly what I’m going to do, because I need some mercy myself,” Mark Prince, father...
A chance discovery in an antique shop led Jenni Crane on an unexpected trail of discovery. She talks to Sarah Meyrick
Paul Wilkinson talks to people working in the hospitality industry over Christmas