When we drive a car, we need to make careful use of the rear-view mirror. It is especially important, if we want to turn to the left or the right, to make sure that we are aware of what is going on behind us: if we want to avoid a crash, we need to be prepared for what may be speeding upon us unexpectedly.
- Last Saturday I attended two weddings in Harare. They were the weddings of two clergy, one a parish priest and one retired, and so I accompanied Bishop Chad of Harare who officiated.
- There is a saying in Africa that when the elephants fight it’s the grass that gets trampled. This is precisely what is happening in the debate about benefits which is too often being argued with slogans and prejudice rather than with reason and compassion.
- I decided against watching Terry Prachett’s programme, Choosing to Die, because I am reluctant to intrude on somebody facing one of life’s most intimate moments. Dying, like being born, needs to be treated as a mystery rather than an event: it draws those who are witnesses beyond the realm of time into a world which can simultaneously be both terrifying and comforting.
- ‘Don’t forget us,’ said my Zimbabwean host as I left the Anglican Church in a suburb of Harare. Yet the persecution of Anglicans in the diocese of Harare, which is spreading to another Zimbabwean diocese, is being seen and remembered by few Christian communities across the world.
- 2010 marks forty years of synodical government and there is much for which to be thankful. The synodical system has firmly established the voice of the laity within the governance of the Church of England and has provided a dynamic where laity, clergy and bishops can meet together for the ordering of the institution.
- Theology is regarded as the domain of Church and academy: understandings of God that emerge from outside these establishments, if they are recognized at all, are often considered inferior. Yet it was beyond the walls of the city, outside the establishment, that some of the most significant events in Christian history took place.
- ‘Hymns are the folk-song of the Church militant.’ Eric Routley. When people with very different backgrounds, cultures and languages come together to worship, they are united in the singing of hymns.
- The theological potential of hymns has never been fully exploited. This study shows how hymns communicate theology and enable those without a formal theological education to enter into theological debate.