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Touching Place

SOUTHEASE, SUSSEX   Its little round tower makes Southease church look like an émigré from East Anglia, it is one of three such towers in Sussex. A charter of King Edgar in 966 gave Southease church to Newminster Abbey (Hyde [...]

2019-11-26T12:42:25+00:00 October 2019 Articles|

Ghostly Counsel

Keep the Sabbath  Day Holy     Andy Hawes    Having spent 30 years immersed in rural parishes where Sunday by Sunday I barrelled along country roads from one church to another, I now find myself driving into a market town [...]

2019-11-26T12:41:35+00:00 October 2019 Articles|

Faith of our fathers

Arthur Middleton returns to Bishop Cosin’s Collection of Private Devotions   The Devotions ‘in the practice of the ancient Church, called the Hours of Prayer’ were published in 1627 and are in Cosin’s Works, Vol. ii, in the Library of [...]

2019-11-26T12:40:29+00:00 October 2019 Articles|

The State Pension Age

Alan Smith considers future increases in the state pension age   From an economic viewpoint, for most of us there are three stages of life. Up to the age of about 20, we are supported by our families, with grants [...]

2019-11-26T12:39:46+00:00 October 2019 Articles|

Secular Liturgies

Tom Sutcliffe considers the Irish Question   What is nationalism? It may seem a simple question and perhaps in many countries it is just that. But in the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland we have had over [...]

2019-11-26T12:38:58+00:00 October 2019 Articles|

What does a priest do?

Ian McCormack considers vocation   Thank you, Father, for the invitation to preach today. If I had been told, in the abstract, that I was to be given a pulpit and 30 minutes to speak—well, alright, 10 minutes—to speak about [...]

2019-11-26T12:38:01+00:00 October 2019 Articles|

October Diary

One of the satisfactory features about living in a leafy suburb (even in London) is the leaves. Our American cousins have it right when they call this season of autumn “the Fall.” Falling leaves and the turning of their colour [...]

2019-11-26T12:37:12+00:00 October 2019 Articles|

Views, Reviews and Previews

Art   Food Bigger than the plate V&A until 20 October   Exhibitions are both a blessing and a curse for those galleries and museums which house a permanent collection. The blessing is that a successful exhibition will bring in [...]

2019-11-26T12:36:20+00:00 October 2019 Articles|

The way we live now

Christopher Smith reflects on the Christian Mind   News travels slowly to my little patch without the city wall.  I have just discovered that Harry Blamires has died. Truth to tell, I was quite surprised to discover that he had [...]

2019-11-26T12:34:51+00:00 October 2019 Articles|