Off the back of a conversation I had recently I’ve been prompted to explore what a positive vision of what the future could look like in my own context. This is in response to the fact that it was felt that the general diagnosis of the future doesn’t look great from the perspective of an … Continue reading Plans to prosper
I grew up in a fairly low liturgical environment, it was liturgical but in the sense that there was a shared structure and framework that I recognised when I went to other churches from the same tradition. It did, however, avoid a lot of the trappings and paraphernalia one tends to think of in a … Continue reading Is Liturgy a Means? Or an End?
It wasn’t long since I stepped away from the discernment process that lockdown began in the UK. A lot of my thinking about Church since then has been rendered pretty abstract since we can’t actually go anywhere, especially given we spent Easter in lockdown this year. Yet I can’t help but wonder what things will … Continue reading ‘If the Church of England really is a hallway…’ and other thoughts
Recently I've been making a concerted effort to cut down on the volume of email I get but one of the emails I regularly look forward to is Alan Jacob's Newsletter Snakes & Ladders. I first found out about Alan Jacob's after reading his books on: Original Sin, and Christian Humanism in the closing years … Continue reading Technopoly and Myth
by C. S. Lewis A sermon preached in the Church of St. Mary the Virgin, Oxford, Autumn, 1939. Original document available here. The war creates no absolutely new situation: it simply aggravates the permanent human situation so that we can no longer ignore it. Human life has always been lived on the edge of a … Continue reading Excerpts from CS Lewis’s sermon “Learning in War-Time”
In the news recently there’s been a story that has kept coming back to me about a conflict in a school between predominantly Muslim parents and an initiative promoting same-sex relationships. The initiative itself was introduced by the Assistant Headteacher, who is gay himself, at Parkfield school in Birmingham. One news report stated that as … Continue reading Whose children are these anyway? Thoughts on liberalism and schooling
Awhile ago I wrote something about my developing views on women in ministry yet I hadn’t really thought out how this impacts how I interact with my church, The Church of England. Women’s Ordination CS Lewis on Women's Ordination In an immediate sense I am conscious of how lukewarm many of the arguments for a … Continue reading Egalitarianism and the Church of England