Thinking Anglicans

opinions before Candlemas

Stephen Platten writes in The Times about Edwin Muir, in Beauty and hope born in poems of dark desolation.

Stephen Timms writes in the Guardian about Harnessing the power of faith. The full text of his speech is available from Ruth Gledhill’s blog, Labour ‘does God’ (scroll down for link to file).

John Madeley writes in the Guardian about the theology of enough.

John Barton writes in the Church Times that The BBC should not be impartial.

Giles Fraser writes in The Times about Cape Coast Castle in Cry out for mercy in the grey zone.

Paul Laity interviews Blair Worden in the Guardian about his new book The English Civil Wars, see A life in writing: Blair Worden.


  • Father Ron Smith says:

    Considering the title of this thread, and having already attended a packed Candlemass celebration in the local church, one can only take heart from the message of today’s theme of Jesus as The Light to enlighten the Gentiles – that is, everyone who, though maybe not nurtured in the Judaic Tradition, have become heirs, through Christ, of the fullness of God’s Kingdom.

    I pray that the Light of Christ may enlighten the hearts and minds of the Primates gathered at this time in Alexandria, in order that our Church may come to more fully understand the need to become part of that light, which welcomes all who long for the redemption that Christ has already given to the world. The radical inclusion of Jesus in his life and ministry, which embraced “All who come to me, who are heavy-laden” should remind us of God’s unremitting love for all people, and which, by his grace, he has given to us to share. – “May your light so shine before the world – that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father, who is in heaven”. This ought to be the message imbibed by this meeting of the Leaders of the Church, so that the Gospel, the Good News, may be preached to all the world

  • Rev L Roberts says:

    Don’t forget the ancient Celtic feast of Imbolc on 2nd February.

  • Ford Elms says:

    “Don’t forget the ancient Celtic feast of Imbolc on 2nd February.”

    I prefer to celebrate the Christian meaning of Feb. 2, including our ancient recognition that the pagan celebration of a feast of returning light at that time was part of God’s, admittedly limited, revelation of the Light to them, prior to His revelation of the fullnesss of that Light in Christ.

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