Saturday, 7 March 2015


Andrew Stephens-Rennie An open letter to parishes hiring youth workers

Ana Marie Cox The Daily Beast Why I’m Coming Out as a Christian

Anna Tims has been talking to Tim Pike for The Guardian’s Work & Careers page: How do I become … a priest.

Theo Hobson New Statesman The problem with church schools? They run counter to Christian values
Nigel Genders (Church of England Chief Education Officer) Church schools: No problem

Posted by Peter Owen on Saturday, 7 March 2015 at 11:00am GMT | TrackBack
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Theo Hobson identifies an area that can cause much frustration among clergy - parents turning up to church just to get their kids into the school. It's a lot easier to see the problem than provide a solution, though - how does one measure a genuine faith? - and it's the school governing bodies, not the churches, that generally set the admission policies.

I'd also want to point out that in many parts of the country there are many church schools that aren't heavily oversubscribed, where the admissions policy isn't controversial, and that serve their communities very well - I hope that any issues in the capital don't turn into a stick with which to beat all church schools.

Posted by: Peter K on Sunday, 8 March 2015 at 6:31pm GMT

As regards Anna Tims' article,I was 59 went I went to selection conference and 61 when I was ordained Deacon, 62 when I was priested in the Diocese of Europe. Maybe I was just lucky, but I have never heard of an age limit.

Posted by: Sara MacVane on Monday, 9 March 2015 at 5:41pm GMT

Nothing about the requirement to be heterosexual to be priest or otherwise live a life of enforced celibacy.

Posted by: Richard Ashby on Monday, 9 March 2015 at 9:51pm GMT

The problem is not just admissions, it's the whole prissy, elitist, bourgeois attitude these schools inculcate. Nothing to do with Christianity.

Posted by: Chris on Saturday, 14 March 2015 at 1:36pm GMT
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