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The Flying Scotsman and the far-from-sporting Olympics

The Flying Scotsman and the far-from-sporting Olympics

As the world prepares for Rio, a new biography of Eric Liddell (whose story inspired Chariots of Fire) reveals that the spirit of sportsmanship was conspicuously absent from earlier Games

Making all things new

Making all things new

The winners of the first ever Marsh Awards for Innovative Projects speak to Jemima Thackray

A sermon for our own time

A sermon for our own time

In the week when a relic of St Thomas Becket returns to Canterbury, David Bryant revisits Chaucer’s pilgrims as they make the same journey

The great polar survival

The great polar survival

One hundred years ago today, Lionel Greenstreet, a member of Ernest Shackleton’s Imperial Trans-Antarctic Expedition, was stranded on an island in the Antarctic, unaware that a rescue mission had just begun. Jemima Thackray reports

Highlights along the (Third) Way

<em></em>Highlights along the (Third) Way

THIRD WAY inaugurated its High Profile series of in-depth interviews in May 1993, with a rather formal examination of the then Lord Chancellor. Here, we reproduce some of the most illuminating moments from over 240 hours of conversation

 

 

Where two or three are gathered

Where two or three are gathered

Nick Mayhew-Smith journeys from abbeys, to new monastic expressions, to Jesuit spirituality centres, offering some options for those seeking a retreat within an existing community

Caring for the carers

Clergy cannot help others with mental-health problems at the cost of their own well-being, but help is at hand

When mental illness turns up on the doorstep

When mental illness turns up on the doorstep

Clergy are still on the front line when it comes to dealing with mental illness. In National Mental Health Awareness Week, Vic Van Den Bergh explores the practical implications

The receiving end of violence

The receiving end of violence

After years of helping callers with mental-health problems at their vicarage, Pauline and David Stocker found themselves unexpectedly on the receiving end of shocking violence. Sarah Meyrick talked to them

The company he keeps

The company he keeps

Simon Jones joins the Northumbria Community for a retreat experience that won’t rub out

Top 25 fundraising ideas for churches

Top 25 fundraising ideas for churches

A competition run last year with Ecclesiastical Insurance to find the best fund-raising ideas has turned up many great ideas. To inspire your own efforts, here are the top 25

On the trail of the Machine Gun Preacher

On the trail of the Machine Gun Preacher

Tim Wyatt goes in search of the real Sam Childers — the ‘Machine Gun Preacher’

A gourmet in the food of love

A gourmet in the food of love

Bernard Rose, a key figure in choral music, was born 100 years ago. Roderic Dunnett remembers him

Healing by consensus

Healing by consensus

Prayers for the sick are said at most services, but what can we really believe about physical healing? Simon Jones takes a personal journey from Pentecostalism to neuroscience in search of the God-shaped whole

Experts by experience

Experts by experience

After caring for her mother, Gillian Thomas joined the Alzheimer’s Society’s pioneering network of Research Volunteers

How Lady chapels gave birth to cathedral choirs

How Lady chapels gave birth to cathedral choirs

The Henry VII chapel in Westminster Abbey is celebrating its 500th anniversary. Tim Tatton-Brown traces its history

Keeping the Bard cool

Keeping the Bard cool

One of our greatest Shakespearean actors, Judi Dench, took time out from the 400th-anniversary celebrations to talk to Sarah Meyrick

The good, the great, and the self-interested

The good, the great, and the self-interested

Andrew Brown considers the astonishing life story of George Price, the subject of a recent play

Vicars on the (school) run

Vicars on the (school) run

A parish priest spends two hours every day at one of Cardiff’s biggest secondary schools as part of a pioneering scheme to reach out to teenagers. Anna Morrell reports

‘Let not my love be called idolatry’

‘Let not my love be called idolatry’

Four hundred years after the Shakespeare’s death, Alison Shell charts the course of Bardolatry

Illegitimacy — ‘a form of virtue’?

Illegitimacy — ‘a form of virtue’?

A Swedish hospital chaplain, Astrid Wretmark, finds inspiration for bereaved mothers in Hardy’s heroine Tess of the D’Urbervilles

Meeting Christ in the sun

Meeting Christ in the sun

Traditional Sami culture, once quashed by Nordic society, is now enriching the life of its churches, explains Caroline Levisse

Secrets of an Edwardian rebel

Secrets of an Edwardian rebel

Married to an evangelist and preacher, Grace Grattan Guinness confined her radical thoughts to her diary. Jemima Thackray reports

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In today's Church Times: church stats, girl choristers, private lives and the press, Eric Liddell, and a relic. https://t.co/ZqH6keRqPl