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Touching place

  PETER AND PAUL, LE NEUBOURG, FRANCE   The le Neubourg plain is a part of France that few English people visit, and those that do have only a passing acquaintance, on the way somewhere else using the Route Nationale [...]

2021-09-22T15:18:53+00:00July 2021 Articles|

Faith of Our Fathers

Arthur Middleton on Crisis of Identity   A creeping Anglican identity crisis has been evident in various ways. In 1949 Henry McAdoo claimed that among theologians in the Church of England, there is something strangely unreal in the prevalent neglect [...]

2021-09-22T15:18:10+00:00July 2021 Articles|

Sing to the Lord 2

John Gayford explores the spirituality of the Psalms   For over three thousand years Psalms have inspired spiritually both Jews and later Christians. Psalms have a dimension of prayer for individuals and collectively. They speak to the soul and from [...]

2021-09-22T15:17:30+00:00July 2021 Articles|

Summer Diary

Thurifer is looking forward to freedom   Footnotes in books sometimes provided more entertainment than the books themselves. One of my favourites is in A. J. P. Taylor’s English History 1914-1945 where he notes that the creases in King George [...]

2021-09-22T15:16:50+00:00July 2021 Articles|

Sing to the Lord 1

Barry A Orford on getting Evensong right   I am no lover of streamed Church services, but since our cathedrals have opened again, I have gratefully taken advantage of the screened opportunity to share in their offering of Choral Evensong. [...]

2021-09-22T15:16:07+00:00July 2021 Articles|


Sometimes what you see isn’t all it seems. At first sight, the tower of Beetley church (Norfolk) looks 14th century; in fact, a number of people in the early 16th century left money for the tower, with one will of [...]

2021-09-22T15:14:51+00:00July 2021 Articles|

The way we live now

Christopher Smith has been reading the letters pages   Years ago, when I was a bishop’s chaplain, a great long document used to be faxed out every morning from, I suppose, Church House Westminster, with the day’s press cuttings in [...]

2021-09-22T15:12:37+00:00July 2021 Articles|


As the long summer approaches many people had hoped that the Coronavirus legislation would have been lifted and our lives might have returned to some semblance of normality. As New Directions goes to press the lockdown has been extended for [...]

2021-09-22T15:11:49+00:00July 2021 Articles|
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