Category Archives: Safeguarding

We Can’t Go Back…to Breathlessness

by the Rt Revd Philip North, Bishop of Burnley ‘I can’t breathe.’ Following the lynch-mob style killing of George Floyd by Minneapolis Police, his dying words have become the cry of dispossessed and impoverished BAME communities first in the States … 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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Taking Advice – Gentlemen vs Players

by the Rt Revd David Walker, Bishop of Manchester It wasn’t until the second half of the twentieth century that English men’s cricket formally removed the distinction between professionals – referred to as “Players” – and amateurs – known as … Continue reading

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The Darkness Within…

by the Revd Canon Simon Butler, Prolocutor for the Province of Canterbury Some years ago I had the unenviable task of preaching a sermon to a congregation shortly after a member of the church had been arrested for alleged offences … Continue reading

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General Synod: The Highs & Lows

by the Rt Revd David Walker, Bishop of Manchester The General Synod of the Church of England, which I’ve been attending most of this last week, is a body that attracts its fair share of criticism. Its internal debates can … Continue reading

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Love, Sex, Hypocrisy & Power

by Jayne Ozanne, Editor of Via Media News and Director of the Ozanne Foundation Abridged version of speech to William Temple Association, Bournemouth given on February 3rd 2020 and reported in The Guardian Most of you, I’m sure, will be … Continue reading

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Abusers of Faith

by the Very Revd Dr David Ison, Dean of St Paul’s, Member of General Synod and Vice-Chair of the Ozanne Foundation In June 2017 the Church of England published the Gibb Report An Abuse of Faith, an independent enquiry into … Continue reading

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