Category Archives: Guest Contributors

We Can’t Go Back…to Social Distancing

by the Rt Revd Rachel Treweek, Bishop of Gloucester I refuse to use the term ‘social distancing’ because it expresses something which is already far too prevalent in our country and world. In recent days as I have read social … Continue reading

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We Can’t Go Back…to Pre-Judging Our “Good Samaritans”

by Dr Jamie Harrison, a GP in Durham, Research Fellow in Healthcare and Religion at Durham University and the Chair of the General Synod’s House of Laity Since lockdown, I have spent an hour or so each week on a … Continue reading

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We Can’t Go Back…to Our Old Familiar Cages!

by the Revd Tim Goode, Rector of St Margaret’s, Lee, Disability Adviser to the Diocese of Southwark and Member of General Synod ‘I am the gate. Whoever enters by me will be saved, and will come in and go out … Continue reading

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We Can’t Go Back…to Being Focused on Our Own Significance

by the Very Revd Nicholas Henshall, Dean of Chelmsford “…let me be employed for you or laid aside for you” – John Wesley. John Wesley’s covenant prayer is one of the finest pieces of Christian writing in English. And one … Continue reading

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We Can’t Go Back…But We Can Say Sorry

by the Revd Dr Christina Beardsley,  retired healthcare Chaplain, researcher and co-author of “This is My Body” and “Transfaith” On the 27th March 2020 the Guardian newspaper published ‘A letter to the UK from Italy: this is what we know … Continue reading

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We Can’t Go Back…A ‘Re-Minder’ To Us All

by the Very Revd Prof Martyn Percy, Dean of Christ Church, Oxford On Easter Sunday, the Archbishop of Canterbury was interviewed for the BBC Andrew Marr Show.  Inevitably then, as now, the pandemic dominated the discussion.  I was especially taken … Continue reading

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Trauma & Tragedy in Congregations & Communities

by the Revd Hilary Ison, Project Team Member for Trauma and Tragedy in Congregations The local church often finds itself at the centre of response in situations of tragedy and trauma, ‘opening the doors’ of the church for refuge for … Continue reading

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“Yoga-Gate” – Fundamentalism in a Twist

by the Very Revd Nicholas Henshall, Dean of  Chelmsford One of my fellow Deans recently faced “Yoga-gate”. A yoga class meeting in the nave of the Cathedral attracted negative attention. Just before Christmas a vicar banning yoga classes from church … Continue reading

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Uganda’s Unholy Trinity & the Forgotten Martyrs

by the Revd Dr Nick Bundock, Team Rector of St James & Emmanuel, Didsbury The ‘Shrine of the Martyrs’ is located in Namugongo, which is a township about 16 kilometres north-east of Kampala, Uganda’s capital city and one of the … Continue reading

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A Call to Repentance – A Lenten Reflection

by the Revd Robert Thompson, Vicar St Mary’s, Kilburn & St James’, West Hampstead and host of Open Table, London Ash Wednesday and the season of Lent echo the insistent call of God to renewal and reform in personal, communal … Continue reading

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