From the monthly archives:

March 2011

Via Thinking Anglicans I hear that the Government Equalities Office has announced a consultation on civil partnerships on religious premises
Opening date: 31 March 2011
Closing date: 23 June 2011
In February we announced our [...]

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Women of the Wall

by Richard on March 31, 2011

Rachel Barenblat :: Pluralism, prayer, and Women of the Wall

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Cornel West speaking the truth to power

by Richard on March 31, 2011

A remarkable interview — really stirring stuff.
With thanks to Memoria Dei

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Pole dancing for Jesus

by Richard on March 29, 2011

Good grief. With thanks, if that’s the word I’m looking for, to ChurchCrunch

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Gospel secrets in heavy metal?

by Richard on March 29, 2011

The BBC was a bit breathless this morning over the discovery of 70 lead codices in Jordan
If the relics are of early Christian origin rather than Jewish, then they are of huge significance.
One of the few people to see the collection is David Elkington, a student of ancient religious archaeology who is heading a British [...]

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Who was the janitor
with the set face, wardening
the approaches? I had prepared
my apologies, my excuses
for coming by the wrong
road. There was no one
there, only the way
I had come by going on and on.
From R.S. Thomas, No Truce with the Furies (Newcastle on Tyne: Bloodaxe Books, 1995), p. 30.

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Theology in Wrexham

by Richard on March 28, 2011

Glyndŵr University in Wrexham is holding a virtual open day for postgraduates on Wednesday. Theology courses include a DMin Professional Doctorate in Religion and Education and an MSc in Psychology of Religion. Thought you should know.

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Thinking Anglicans reports an Employment Appeals Tribunal ruling that ministers are employees, not ‘office holders’
A sacked female minister in Cornwall has won a landmark ruling to bring a case against the Methodist Church for unfair dismissal.
The decision by the Employment Appeal Tribunal reverses an earlier decision by the Court of Appeal and paves the way [...]

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Folk song of the day

by Richard on March 28, 2011

Scarborough Fair. Lovely.

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More theodoodles

by Richard on March 27, 2011

Kim’s been at it again

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Misogyny, Moralism and the Woman at the Well

by Richard on March 27, 2011

A fine post about the encounter between Jesus and the Samaritan woman, which comes via our friends at Caergwrle Methodist Church. The article challenges the standard reading of this text which makes the woman’s morality a central issue:
…why do so many preachers assume the worst of her? I would suggest two reasons. First, there is [...]

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Religion and obesity

by Richard on March 27, 2011

In America, Church makes you fat. Allegedly.
via Allan Bevere

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Hymn of the day

by Richard on March 27, 2011

Son of God, if thy free grace
Again hath raised me up,
Called me still to seek thy face,
And given me back my hope;
Still thy timely help afford,
And all thy loving kindness show:
Keep me, keep me, gracious Lord,
And never let me go!
By me, O my Saviour, stand,
In sore temptation’s hour;
Save me with thine outstretched hand.
And show forth [...]

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Murphy update

by Richard on March 26, 2011

I’m pleased to say that Murphy is settling in wonderfully. He is very eager to please and his training has got off to a flying start. He does suffer a bit from ’separation anxiety’, which has made the last few nights a bit trying but he is entitled to have a few issues and he [...]

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Open Mike

by Richard on March 26, 2011

The floor is yours. Same rules as before.

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Losing hell

by Richard on March 24, 2011

Chad Holtz :: What I lost losing hell

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How long?

by Richard on March 24, 2011

Pray for the peace of Jerusalem.

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All part of God’s plan?

by Richard on March 23, 2011

Allan Bevere points us to Tsunamis: Or, Why I’m No Longer a Calvinist
There is a meaningful difference between God’s permissive will (that which he allows to occur even though he does not want or intend it actively) and God’s ordaining will (that which he actively wills, thereby ensuring that it happens just as it happened [...]

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Murphy!

by Richard on March 23, 2011

I went this morning to pick up Murphy from a local animal rescue centre. He’s about 6 years old, and has been living with neglect rather than cruelty. I hope to be making it up to him. Solo isn’t sure about having him around. No doubt it will take time.

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Bite-size theology

by Richard on March 23, 2011

More “doodlings” from Kim Fabricius

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