by Gillian Cooke
from Signs of the Times No. 35 - Oct 2009

The Windsor process advocates centralising authority within the Anglican Communion. It considers that unity helps the Church's mission in the world, and cites the campaign against racial slavery as an example of this. Sadly history tells another story.

Wilberforce, Clarkson and Sharp (all Anglicans) had important roles to play, but that is a small part of the picture and the role of the CE, notably its Bishops, was a more dismal one.

by David Taylor
from Signs of the Times No. 35 - Oct 2009
[NW region conferences]

The day was conducted by Dr Stephen Lewis, of the Department of Biology, University of Chester, whose aim was not to build up our faith in the world that Darwin had revealed to us, but rather to estimate to what extent a religious faith could survive and flourish in the changed world that he had bequeathed to us. There were five sessions, each initiated with a talk followed by discussion:

by Rob Wilcock
from Signs of the Times No. 35 - Oct 2009

The Lambeth Conference: there's a name! Up until July 2008,  I had no idea what significance these words held in Anglicanism throughout the world. It is quite literally a global event where every bishop from every country is welcome to have their say on topical issues.

Last July really was a journey of discovery in more ways than one. I enjoy learning languages, so I made some enquiries as to how languages could be used in the Church. A few conversations, letters and emails later, I arrived at the Market Place at Kent University and walked into the unknown.

by Alan Sheard
from Signs of the Times No. 35 - Oct 2009

Truth is an important concept in the Judeo-Christian tradition and one would hope that it would be essential in the study of sexuality.

Sadly this is often not the case today. In the 1978 report on sexuality the then Bishop of Gloucester who chaired the Working Party said that it 'attempted to discover and assess the medical evidence as objectively as it could,  and to set down what appeared to be the facts of the matter, whether the facts were to the liking of all its members or not'. Some conservative Christians today fail to do this and present a distorted view of the evidence to support their own views.

by Jonathan Clatworthy
from Signs of the Times No. 35 - Oct 2009

You are visiting relatives, and as you arrive you give the little girl a present: some crayons and drawing paper. She goes off to a table, too busy to offer the 'thank you' expected by her parents, and starts drawing. A few minutes later she comes back to you and says 'Here. This is for you. It's a picture of you.'

You look at it. It isn't a work of art and it does you no favours. But it was drawn by her, and she did it for you. You give a broad smile, accept it and say 'That's lovely! Thank you so much!'