Thinking Anglicans

Opinion – 25 April 2020

Paul Bayes Viamedia.News We Can’t Go Back….Remember, These Are Early Days

Peter Anthony Church Times No, this is not like the Early Church
“Worship in homes is not a return to the pre-Constantinian era”
[This is a shortened version of the talk that we linked to here.]

Janet Fife Surviving Church Memories of Communion

Alice Whalley Church Times YouTube sermons will not feed the hungry
“The pandemic is driving many into poverty: they need more than online worship”
Alice’s most recent sermon is here.

Charlie Bell The Eucharistic Feast: participation, representation and sacramental integrity in the time of social distancing


Opinion – 22 April 2020

Mandy Ford ViaMedia.News We Can’t Go Back – Hidden Lives & Untold Stories
This is the first in a series on the topic ‘We Can’t Go Back…’ based on the Archbishop of Canterbury’s words in his Easter sermon. They will also be available as podcasts; this one is here.

Archdruid Eileen The Beaker Folk of Husborne Crawley Online Worship – the Beaker Guide

Stephen Parsons Surviving Church Power and Influence in the world of Safeguarding

Al Barrett This estate we’re in Resurrection deferred? COVID-19 & the disruption in liturgical time (5)
This is the fifth in a series; it has links to the earlier items.

Peter Anthony How should we celebrate the Eucharist at a time of lock down and social isolation?
[28 minute YouTube video]

Archbishop Cranmer Rev’d Marcus Walker returns to his pulpit: “Here I stand!”
Canon Simon Butler responds to Archbishop Cranmer & Fr Marcus Walker


Opinion – 18 April 2020

Andrew Walker Ship of Fools The doubting disciple

Andrew Lightbown Theore0 Talking of Church: dispersed yet communal & catholic

Kelvin Holdsworth Grace Received: communion on the battlefield

Emma Major Building community in a crisis Church Online: Nothing New

Ann Memmott Ann’s Autism Blog Who is welcome? A reflection for churches, during online times.

Stephen Parsons Surviving Church Coercion and Control and the Church


Opinion – 15 April 2020

Mark Vernon Medium Easter And The End Of Christianity
“If Coronavirus turns Christian leaders into exemplary citizens, the gospel is lost”

A K M Adam AKMA’s Random Thoughts On Streams and Places

Paul Vallely Church Times This is teaching us about the mass
“Paul Vallely samples eucharists on the internet”

Jeremy Fletcher Rules for Lock Down Reverends

Dana Delap Church Times How we shared the bread and wine on Zoom
“Parishioners were asking for communion on Easter Day, says Dana Delap, and she wanted to feed them”


Opinion – 11 April 2020

Mia Kyte Hilborn Church of England A chaplain’s view – the Coronavirus pandemic
“The NHS has withstood many emergency situations. It will withstand this one, but this crisis is different.”

Hilary Ison ViaMedia.News Trauma & Tragedy in Congregations & Communities

Giles Fraser UnHerd Where is God in this Covid horror?
“Church is one of the few places where we can acknowledge the existence of futile suffering”

Martyn Percy Modern Church Dean’s Diary: Light and Dark in Holy Week

Luke Coppen The Spectator Will coronavirus hasten the demise of religion – or herald its revival?
“The lockdown is testing believers of all stripes”

Anglican Communion News Service Primates’ Easter Messages 2020
A collection of Easter Messages from Anglican Primates and other senior Church leaders.


Opinion – 8 April 2020

Stephen Cottrell The Spectator A first for Christendom: Holy Week without church
“We are going to have to follow Jesus in his isolation”

Georges Staelens Blogue de Georges Ajourner la Pâque. Postpone the Easter.

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

Kevin J Moroney The Living Church On Presence, Real and Impaired

Simon Butler ViaMedia.News Do We Believe in Life After Death – A Response

Meg Munn Chair of the National Safeguarding Panel Safeguarding Adults

Janet Fife Surviving Church Surviving Creeds

Jayne Ozanne ViaMedia.News Who’s Caring for our Nation’s Spiritual Health?


Opinion – 4 April 2020

Jonathan Gibbs The Church of England Blog from Lead Safeguarding Bishop

Bosco Peters Liturgy Spiritual Communion

Stephen Parsons Surviving Church Looking to the Future. The Church after COVID-19

Andrew Lightbown Theore0 Talking of mission and finance in challenging times

Giles Goddard ViaMedia.News Into the Dark….

Church Times Interview: Brendan McCarthy, C of E medical adviser


Opinion – 1 April 2020

Rosie Harper ViaMedia.News Covid-19, Theodicy and Common Grace

Wendy Bower ViaMedia.News A Sermon for Our Time: Tears & Tombs

Jonathan Draper Afterthoughts Virtual Church?

Tim Stratford One way of looking at things… Changed but not stopped

Richard Peers Oikodomeo Life with Zoom – Small solitudes, little deserts: Poustinia for a time of Pandemic

Gary Waddington The Busy Priest Three Rules for Love, in a time of pandemic


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