Category Archives: We Can’t Go Back…

We Can’t Go Back…to not Caring about Care

by Alison Webster, Deputy Director of Mission (Social Responsibility) in the Diocese of Oxford and author of ‘Found Out‘ and ‘You Are Mine’ I have spent a lot of time recently looking out of windows. Commuting long distances by car … Continue reading

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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 Power Games & Inequality

by the Revd Canon Rosie Harper, Chaplain to the Bishop of Buckingham, Author, Member of General Synod and Trustee of the Ozanne Foundation In France, apparently, one of the biggest worries about lockdown was how single Parisienne women would cope: … 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…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…to Being In Control

by the Very Revd Dr David Ison, Dean of St Paul’s, Member of General Synod and Vice-Chair of the Ozanne Foundation  Are you old enough to remember this? A woman is kneeling on the kitchen floor caressing her new fan … Continue reading

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We Can’t Go Back..in Our Quest for the “Perfect Service”

by Prof Helen King, Professor Emerita in Classical Studies at The Open University and lay preacher in the Diocese of Oxford I’ve found a new way of entertaining my mother, for whom I am also her carer, during the lockdown: … 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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We Can’t Go Back….to Pretending Closeness is Unnecessary

by Savitri Hensman, community worker, author of “Sexuality, Struggle and Saintliness” and LGBTI+ equality activist As the coronavirus pandemic has spread, there has been widespread sorrow, fear and frustration. But there have also been many instances of love and kindness … Continue reading

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