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Forward in Faith update

2012 National Assembly The following Resolutions were passed by the 2012 National Assembly: 2012/01 This Assembly, noting that the present Archbishop of Canterbury has observed that ‘the Church of England would be less than itself’, if it did not include [...]


We offer our warmest congratulations to three contributors to New DirecTions: Our cover photograph shows the recent Solemn Mass with Baptism and Confirmation at St Mary’s, Rotherhithe when 30 candidates were presented to the Bishop of Edmonton. Fr Philip North [...]

letter to the editor

Mistaken identity From Geoffrey Kirk Many of your readers will know that in the tempestuous youth of this magazine I occasionally contributed to it under the sobriquet of Mark Stevens. I would not wish them to confuse me with the [...]


It would be difficult for us not to be somewhat disappointed by the Archbishop of Canterbury writing that he hoped that the current legislation allowing for the ordination of women to the episcopate would pass. This is a far cry [...]

30 days

‘Respect’ in action Disciplinary Board for Bishops certifies that South Carolina Bishop has abandoned the church - The Episcopal Church, Office of Public Affairs, Wednesday, October 17, 2012 The Disciplinary Board for Bishops has advised Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori [...]


Treasure in the backyard Arthur Middleton The treasure we seek is in our own backyard, the real and living circumstances of life in the workaday world. We find that treasure as we respond to the spiritual fullness of life as [...]

the way we live now

Christopher Smith considers the twilight of the gods Last month, I spent a rather extraordinary week living in what felt like two parallel universes. In one, life proceeded pretty much as usual. But in the other, I was immersed in [...]


New versions of old classics? Tom Sutcliffe on new productions of Chekhov and Mozart Benedict Andrews’s Young Vic staging of Three Sisters only mildly updated the Chekhov, playing it on a largely unfurnished thrust stage, audience on three sides under [...]

Book of the month

Janet Backman commends a book with much to teach all those who wish to be disciples of Jesus Christ WORDS OF SPIRITUALITY Exploring the Inner Life Enzo Bianchi SPCK, 128pp, pbk 978 0281068678, £9.99 One of the most poignant of [...]

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