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Touching place

S MICHAEL, STEWKLEY, BUCKS   You don’t see many complete Romanesque churches of any size in England, unlike France. Iffley may come to mind; Stewkley is another of this small band, dating from the third quarter of the 12th century. [...]

2021-03-17T17:25:41+00:00February 2021 Articles|

Faith of Our Fathers

Arthur Middleton on Remembering   Memory Memory enables us to retain information and reconstruct past experiences usually for present purposes and is one of the most important ways by which our histories animate our current actions and experiences. It can [...]

2021-03-17T17:25:08+00:00February 2021 Articles|

A stitch in time

Alan Townsend explores ecclesiastical needlework   In his sermon at All Hallows, Gospel Oak (New Directions September 2020) Bishop Jonathan Baker referred to the fixtures and fittings aiding our witness to the crucified and risen Lord. It was in the [...]

2021-03-17T17:24:14+00:00February 2021 Articles|

February Diary

Thurifer is fascinated by the aristocracy   In 1873 Lord Rosebery heard Charles Spurgeon preach at the City Tabernacle, Islington “every seat crammed, every sound hushed, every eye eagerly fixed upon one central figure, the effect is sublime,” he noted [...]

2021-03-17T17:22:49+00:00February 2021 Articles|

Views, reviews and previews

Art   Masterpieces from Buckingham Palace   This is a show created by covid-19. During lockdown the Buckingham Palace Picture Gallery is being ‘reserviced’ and its highlights are on show in The Queen’s Gallery. The individual paintings often come out [...]

2021-03-17T17:21:32+00:00February 2021 Articles|

The way we live now

Christopher Smith is looking for the light   I always give vent to a slight obsession of mine at this time of year, which is a close observation of the incremental improvement in the length of the day.  I am [...]

2021-03-17T17:20:24+00:00February 2021 Articles|

Editorial

As this issue of New Directions goes to press we are in the midst of the third national lockdown. This lockdown has differed from previous lockdowns as the government have made an exemption for places of worship, allowing them to [...]

2021-03-17T17:19:47+00:00February 2021 Articles|
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