Women bishops: none for centuries, then three come along at once

The wonderful Archdeacon of Hackney, the Ven Rachel Treweek, is to become the first diocesan bishop in the Church of England. She will be consecrated and installed as Bishop of Gloucester later this year. In July, she will also take up a seat in the House of Lords under the new fast-track process, making her …

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Transcript of Christian Today interview with Dean of St Paul’s on Church of England and sexuality

    This is the transcript of an interview the Dean of St Paul’s the Very Rev David Ison gave to Christian Today on the Church of England’s current struggles with sexuality. Read the story here and the open letter he published today at Accepting Evangelicals. RG: In the open letter you quote the Bishop …

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From me to Twitter: Happy New Year

Happy New Year to all readers of this blog, and to all my friends on Twitter. Our Christmas and New Year were both sad and happy. The sadness for me, my siblings and our children and spouses was because of the death of our mother, Bridget, after a long battle with Alzheimer’s. She passed away …

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Poppies at the Tower, looking South

World War One: Poppies at the Tower, Wilfred Owen and Basil Rathbone

Nearly every week for the last 28 years I’ve walked past the Tower of London, for work or play. Sometimes I’ve joined in the ice skating during the winter season, browsed the shop, sat on the benches overlooking the Thames, meditated or worshipped in the chapel. In common with so many, nothing has moved me …

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A radical Pope: the roots of the papal fig tree at Lambeth Palace

Pope Francis: Saint or Schismatic

Divisions unprecedented in the last two centuries are emerging in the Catholic Church under the leadership of Pope Francis. Some conservative cardinals and bishops are desperately unhappy at the threat his reign represents to the old order. He has been compared to Hamlet, to King Henry VIII, to Barack Obama. Could it be that the …

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