Thinking Anglicans

Opinion – 28 March 2020

Mandy Ford ViaMedia.News Space, Time, Prayer and Cranmer

Steve Goddard Ship of Fools In praise of online church

Lorraine Cavanagh Church Times Companionship with God and others in the Covid-19 pandemic
“There are ways of belonging to a worshipping community at this time that do not rely on a broadband connection”

Andrew Davison Church Times When priest and people are apart
“The eucharist remains vital, even if offered behind closed doors”

Fergus Butler-Gallie The Critic Return of the Dance of Death
“Coronavirus may be sweeping the world but we’ve been here before”


Opinion – 25 March 2020

Peter Leonard ViaMedia.News Flattening the Curve

Stephen Parsons Surviving Church Chance Encounters and Changed Lives part 1

Christopher Southgate, Carla Grosch-Miller and Hilary Ison Tragedy and Congregations guidance for ministers as the coronavirus crisis deepens
“Thoughts for ministers during the first phase of the coronavirus crisis”

Godfrey Kesari Church Times Finding hope in the midst of a pandemic
“During this crisis, it is normal and natural to ask where God is. But this is not a time for Christians to retreat from their faith”


Opinion – 21 March 2020

Laudable Practice Pray the Litany Daily

Meg Munn Chair of the National Safeguarding Panel Synod Discusses Redress

Nicholas Henshall ViaMedia.News “Yoga-Gate” – Fundamentalism in a Twist

Savitri Hensman ViaMedia.News Dolly Parton and ++Michael Curry on the Power of Love


Opinion – 18 March 2020

Fergus Butler-Gallie The Fence Diary of an Urban Parson

Stephen Parsons Surviving Church The John Smyth saga – further observations

Andrew Lightbown Theore0 Talking of coronavirus,church, continuation and concomitance

David Ison ViaMedia.News Minding Our Adjectives…

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Opinion – 14 March 2020

Janet Fife Surviving Church Surviving Lent

Jonathan Jong St Mary Magdalen School of Theology On receiving communion in one kind

Jayne Ozanne ViaMedia.News Bridges, Kingdom and Unity


Opinion – 11 March 2020

Stephen Parsons Surviving Church Safeguarding, Compassion and the Law

BBC World Service Religion apps: Daily Prayer and the Devil’s Data
Sophia Smith Galer investigates the world of religion apps – from prayer hacks to actual hacks
Episode 1 of 4

David Walker ViaMedia.News Taking Advice – Gentlemen vs Players
This refers to the advice Duty to “have due regard” to House of Bishops safeguarding guidance recently published by the Church of England.


Opinion – 7 March 2020

Rosie Harper ViaMedia.News The Whitewashing of Spiritual Leaders – Is Vanier Like Weinstein?

Jeffrey John St Albans Review Loving and remembering

Nick Bundock ViaMedia.News Uganda’s Unholy Trinity & the Forgotten Martyrs


Opinion – 4 March 2020

Mandy Ford ViaMedia.News ‘Dirty Bodies’, Dust and Ashes…

Robert Thompson ViaMedia.News A Call to Repentance – A Lenten Reflection

Giles Goddard ViaMedia.News Living in Love & Faith: Will the Deer Scatter?

Women and the Church Women in Ministry, the Church of England and Statistics: A closer look


Opinion – 29 February 2020

Miranda Threlfall-Holmes Ethical Evangelism

Lorraine Cavanagh Church Times Jean Vanier’s misuse of power
“Spiritual direction can be dangerous. It requires a radical rethink.”

Stephen Parsons Surviving Church Idealisation of Church Leaders. Problems for the future.


Opinion – 26 February 2020 – Ash Wednesday

Each day during Lent 2020 Clare Hayns will be posting on her blog about a different woman from the Hebrew Scriptures, and each post will end with a guide for personal prayer. She starts today with Hagar.

Simon Butler ViaMedia.News The Darkness Within…

Martin Sewell Archbishop Cranmer Welby brings peace and reconciliation to South Sudan

Stephen Parsons Surviving Church Christian Celebrities and Betrayal


Opinion – 22 February 2020

Jen Williams A Church Funeral can be a Moment of Radical Hospitality

Anthony Archer ViaMedia.News Church and State – The State We’re In!

Janet Fife Surviving Church Being a Witness

Cherry Vann was interviewed on BBC Radio4’s Woman’s Hour; it’s the first item.


Opinion – 19 February 2020

Giles Fraser UnHerd Churches are closing down – I won’t let mine be one of them

John D Alexander The Living Church The Bishop Who Foretold Dresden

Richard Peers Oikodomeo Growing the Church: parish weekends and events


Opinion – 15 February 2020

Archdruid Eileen The Beaker Folk of Husborne Crawley Ten Top Ways to Get the Church to Carbon Neutral

Erika Baker ViaMedia.News Living in Love & Faith – a View from the Pew

Colin Coward Unadulterated Love Living in Love and Faith – what are we missing, what are we not understanding?

David Walker ViaMedia.News General Synod: The Highs & Lows

Stephen Parsons Surviving Church Listening to the General Synod Safeguarding Debate


Opinion – 12 February 2020

Colin Coward Unadulterated Love LGBTI+ and Church of England Teaching Documents – a history

Stephen Parsons Surviving Church General Synod, Survivors and Institutional Power

Archdruid Eileen The Beaker Folk of Husborne Crawley Salt and Light

Savitri Hensman ViaMedia.News Church & Sexuality: Like a Mighty Tortoise…

Jon Kuhrt Psephizo Why do churches manage people badly?

Martin Sewell Archbishop Cranmer Safeguarding: the Church of England’s house is slowly being rebuilt


Opinion – 8 February 2020

Jeremy Pemberton From the Choir Stalls Sexuality and Intimacy: are we thinking straight?

Rosie Harper ViaMedia.News After the Apology – Surely the Centre Cannot Hold?

Helen King and Judith Maltby ViaMedia.News Living in Love & Faith – What the Bishops Need to Learn…

Colin Coward Unadulterated Love Love, honesty, openness, courage and integrity please, bishops
Living in Love and Faith – a doomed project

Andrew Lightbown Theore0 Talking of trust, mission, leadership and governance

Helen King sharedconversations Bishops to show us the way

Meg Munn Chair of the National Safeguarding Panel Church of England’s response to IICSA


Opinion – 5 February 2020

Martin Sewell Archbishop Cranmer Candlemas: from the Presentation of Christ to ‘Radical Inclusion’

Andrew Nunn the Dean of Southwark What’s love got to do with it?

Jen Williams Wrestling with Love and Anger as an LGBTQ+ Christian.

Jayne Ozanne gave this lecture Love, Sex and Power to the William Temple Association on Monday.
There is a report of the lecture in The Guardian: C of E sex guidance row: synod member calls out ‘deep’ hypocrisy.

Colin Coward Unadulterated Love How to confront a hypocritical and abusive institution

Stephen Parsons Surviving Church ‘Trials’ in Church and State
Stephen’s article alludes to this article in InsurancePOST: Ecclesiastical faces fresh allegations of unethical treatment as case of ‘suicide watch’ claimant comes to light


Opinion – 1 February 2020

Stephen Lynas bathwellschap Scrambled Eggs

Stephen Parsons Surviving Church Safety or Salvation. Competing ideas for understanding Church

Ann Memmott Ann’s Autism Blog Surviving Church of England Announcements


Opinion – 29 January 2020

Michelle Montrose preached this sermon at Liverpool Parish Church on 26 January. Do read it to the end.

Ray Gaston Medium On being pastorally (ir)responsible — and not waiting for bishops

Mandy Ford ViaMedia.News What the Bishops Could Have Said…

Janet Fife Surviving Church Vignette in the Vestry

Andrew Lightbown Theore0 Talking of safety in church


Opinion – 25 January 2020

Archdruid Eileen The Beaker Folk of Husborne Crawley The Beaker Folk Issue a Pamphlet About Civil Partnerships

Andrew Wilson NewsThump Church of England challenges Roman Catholicism in bid to be Christianity’s moral mafia

Andrew Lightbown Theore0 Speaking of ministerial training; what did full time training do for anyone?

Stephen Parsons Surviving Church Reflections on the life of Bishop Peter Ball
This refers to a Church Times letter by Colin Buchanan; it is the second one here.

Peter Leonard ViaMedia.News Restoring Trust….In Church and State

Paper and String Church The Cliff Face


Opinion – 22 January 2020

Daniel Inman Church Times Don’t allow residential training to collapse
“The market is now saturated: action must be taken to ensure that institutions are not forced to close”

Mandate Now ‘The Church has some form of Mandatory Reporting’ (Peter Hancock – Lead Bishop for Safeguarding) | “Oh no it hasn’t!”

Mark Bennet Surviving Church Have attitudes to sex changed in the Church over the past 30 years?

Surviving Church BBC Interview of Julie Macfarlane. Seeking Justice after Abuse

David Ison ViaMedia.News Abusers of Faith

Meg Munn Chair of the National Safeguarding Panel BBC Documentary