Category Archives: Politics

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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The Reckoning – Will the Church of England Survive?

by Jayne Ozanne, Editor of Via Media, Member of General Synod and Member of the Government’s LGBT Advisory Panel They say “people in glass houses should never throw stones” – although it seems to me that the Church of England … Continue reading

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Wise Words for this Year’s End…

by the Right Revd Paul Bayes, Bishop of Liverpool and Chair of the Ozanne Foundation And I said to the man who stood at the gate of the year:“Give me a light that I may tread safely into the unknown.”And … Continue reading

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Wise Leadership: Needed Now More Than Ever!

by the Ven Elizabeth Adekunle, Archdeacon of Hackney Our leadership matters now more than ever, as we look to our leaders to steer us through these choppy and unpredictable waters. The world has been faced with grave uncertainty because of … Continue reading

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Worldly Weddings – To Bless or Not to Bless?

by the Very Revd Nicholas Henshall, Dean of Chelmsford On 14 February a former Bishop of Jarrow used to stand at the feet of the Angel of the North in Gateshead, and bless any couples who came along. Kitsch and … Continue reading

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We Can’t Go Back….But We Will, Unless…

by Jayne Ozanne, Editor of Via Media, Director of the Ozanne Foundation and a Member of General Synod “Real power lies in the people!” Earlier this week I was privileged to hear Archbishop Desmond Tutu say these powerful words during … Continue reading

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#BlackLivesMatter: Protest & Prayer

by the Very Revd Rogers Govender, Dean of Manchester This was a reflection shared by the Dean of Manchester at the Protest and Prayer event organised for the Diocese of Manchester I want to begin by reminding us that we … Continue reading

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We Can’t Go Back…To Looking After No 1!

by the Ven Malcolm Chamberlain, Archdeacon of Sheffield & Rotherham and Member of General Synod On Monday 4th May, six weeks into the UK’s COVID-19 lockdown, The Guardian newspaper published an article by Richard Wilkinson and Kate Pickett under the … Continue reading

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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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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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