Saturday, 12 July 2014


The New Statesman has a series of articles by Rowan Williams, Melvyn Bragg, Lucy Winkett, Robin Ince, Vicky Beeching and Julian Baggini under the heading After God: how to fill the faith-shaped hole in modern life.

Michael Binyon writes for Diplomat Magazine about Church Diplomacy.

The Guardian has a video: A vicar’s wedding: ‘He loves God and he loves Stephen’.

Posted by Peter Owen on Saturday, 12 July 2014 at 11:00am BST | TrackBack
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The New Statesman pieces are really lovely, and helpful.

'After God' a bit of misnomer though -- thank God.

Posted by: Laurie Roberts on Saturday, 12 July 2014 at 1:06pm BST

Wonderful to see and hear the short film about the life and love of Fr. Andrew & Stephen.

All those supportive and loving people in the garden from all orders of ministry I noticed, from bishops and ministers, up to lay people, of many races.

Posted by: Laurie Roberts on Saturday, 12 July 2014 at 1:15pm BST

I agree, Laurie. A beautiful film. Congratulations to Andrew and Stephen!

Posted by: Laurence Cunnington on Saturday, 12 July 2014 at 5:37pm BST

Great article by Michael Binyon. Blessed are the peacemakers. Respect for the autonomy of both sides is essential, however, to genuine reconciliation. And if an undertaking is made for matters to be treated in confidence this should be respected - often damage is inflicted in delicate situations in this way. Church leaders are not exempt from mistakes.

Posted by: Pam on Saturday, 12 July 2014 at 11:23pm BST

His bishop's ignoring their marriage is a repetition of what priests have done to those who don't follow the rules of conformity, time out of mind--just another example of the ugliness of religious institutions that will sacrifice anything and anyone they must to maintain their status-quo. In this case, the refusal to hear Christ's prophetic demand that we be perfect as our heavenly father is perfect, i.e., to love unconditionally - is particularly obscene because it amounts to an utter refusal of the Gospel.

Meanwhile, this parish - its congregation and priest and his husband, hold up to the face of the church bureaucratic here in hell a magnificent witness to the wholeness the Gospel promises.

Posted by: Daniel Berry, NYC on Sunday, 13 July 2014 at 2:11pm BST

Beautiful film indeed. I wept.

Posted by: John on Sunday, 13 July 2014 at 4:44pm BST

Loved the film. All best to Andrew+ and Stephen.

Posted by: Cynthia on Monday, 14 July 2014 at 5:52pm BST
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