Category Archives: Guest Contributors

It’s A Sin: The Myth of Homogeneity

by Father Richard Peers, Sub Dean of Christ Church, Oxford Extract from: Final Report – Independent Lessons Learned Review for Emmanuel Church Wimbledon (March 2021) “Theme 17: Homogeneity The Review illustrated that one of the biggest difficulties in identifying and … Continue reading

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‘Oi Vicar, Why Don’t You Heal Yourself?’

by the Revd Canon Timothy Goode, Rector of St Margaret’s, Lee, Disability Adviser to the Diocese of Southwark, Member of Archbishop’s Council and Co-Chair of MOSAIC ViaMedia.News · ‘Oi Vicar, Why Don’t You Heal Yourself? ’ – Canon Timothy Goode … Continue reading

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Pandemics, Parishes & the ‘National Church’

by Revd Professor Robert Gilbert, Biochemistry Fellow at Magdalen College, Oxford and Anglican parish priest  It’s a whole Church year since congregations first stopped worshipping together in person. A whole Church year since those who could, moved online. And although … Continue reading

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Are ‘Leaders’ Biblical?

by the Very Revd Nicholas Henshall, Dean of Chelmsford Subverting the language of Leadership before it subverts the Church A colleague who serves as a priest in the Church of Sweden recounts the deeply moving experience of attending an ordination … Continue reading

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International Women’s Day – Choose to Challenge

by the Rt Revd Rachel Treweek, Bishop of Gloucester In 2019, on a visit to the Holy Land I visited the church in Magdala and found myself faced with an enormous and extraordinary modern painting by Daniel Cariola depicting larger-than-life … Continue reading

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Change is Coming…Even if We Feel the Record is Stuck

by the Ven Nikki Groarke, Archdeacon of Dudley and Member of General Synod “I can hear change humming In its loudest, proudest song. I don’t fear change coming, And so I sing along.” Words from US Youth Poet Laureate Amanda … Continue reading

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It’s Time to Talk About…Sex!

by Dr Charlie Bell, Fellow at Girton College, Cambridge and ordinand at St Augustine’s College of Theology One of the slightly tiresome things that British people seem to do is say one thing when they really mean another.  I find … Continue reading

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What to ‘Give Up’ When Everything’s Been Taken Away?

by Canon Robert Hammond, is Lay Chair of Chelmsford Diocesan Synod and a Member of General Synod It’s that time of year when I’m sure we’ve all been asked by work colleagues:  ‘What are you giving up for Lent then?’ … Continue reading

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When You are Not Invited to the Table

by Augustine Tanner-Ihm is an African-American activist, writer, speaker who recently trained for the Anglican ministry at Cranmer Hall, St. John’s College, Durham, and now a Doctoral Student in Leadership, Culture, and Practical Theology at Bakke Graduate University.   In many American … Continue reading

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A Rock Climbers Guide to Church, History and the Future

by the Very Revd Nicholas Henshall, Dean of Chelmsford “Always going forward; never uprooted”. At a tense meeting between Margaret Thatcher and David Sheppard in the aftermath of the Toxteth Riots, the Prime Minister asked the Bishop what he had … Continue reading

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