Category Archives: Guest Contributors

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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A Gospel of Love Trumps Hate in the White House

by the Revd Professor Robert Gilbert, Biochemistry Fellow at Magdalen College, Oxford and Anglican parish priest Does his faith help us to see why Joe Biden is the American President needed right now? Political debate, and public discussion in the … Continue reading

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Church of England: Will the Quest for Youth Save Us?

by Dr Charlie Bell, Fellow at Girton College, Cambridge and ordinand at St Augustine’s College of Theology The Church of England has a serious age problem. Or so, at least, we are reliably informed. Dioceses are scrabbling around to improve … Continue reading

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The Sound of Silence

by Rt Revd Rachel Treweek, Bishop of Gloucester ‘How silently, how silently the wondrous gift is given’ So goes the famous line in the carol ‘O Little Town of Bethlehem.’  And yet the wondrous gift is far from silent. Not … Continue reading

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LLF: LISTEN TO ALL THE VOICES

by the Very Revd Nicholas Henshall, Dean of Chelmsford Contested conversations and the life of faith Contested conversation is written into Old Testament narrative. Indeed, the Bible presents contested conversation as its primary hermeneutical model. It still stands at the … Continue reading

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LLF: Please Break the Silence, Bishops

by Dr Charlie Bell, Fellow at Girton College, Cambridge and ordinand at St Augustine’s College of Theology  How long must I bear pain in my soul,    and have sorrow in my heart all day long? (Psalm 13) Since LLF was published … Continue reading

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LLF: Bishops – The Time Is Now!

by Jay Greene, Member of General Synod and Member of the Co-ordinating Group for the General Synod’s Sexuality and Gender Group Back in January I was fortunate to go to Wales and see Cherry Vann consecrated as bishop of Monmouth. … Continue reading

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