Consecration of Bishop Libby Lane

In the week that the arch-traditionalist Revd. Philip North refused Episcopal consecration from ‘tainted’ hands, including those of his own archbishop, we also see the Revd. Libby Lane consecrated as the first woman bishop in the Church of England.

Jean Vanier

People with mental health problems and learning difficulties are the subject of two articles in this week’s Church Times.

The two articles were printed alongside each other, and between them they told both a negative and a positive story.

Negatively, one of the articles begins

More than 100 people with mental-health problems are having their benefits cut each day, effectively because of their condition.

Wall painting of Thecla

Widespread horror has greeted the news of the bizarre arrangements for consecrating the new bishop of Burnley.

On Wednesday I put up a post describing the arrangements agreed between the candidate, Philip North, who opposes the ordination of women, and the Archbishop of York. Normal procedure is to be abandoned so that the key actions, laying hands on the candidate and presiding at the Communion Service, will only be performed by bishops who also reject the ordination of women.

Prof Linda Woodhead

The Church Times of 23 January contains several pages of reports on proposed reforms to the Church of England – particularly the recruitment, training and deployment of the clergy, and the use of central finance.

It also contains some first reactions to these reports. Modern Church President, Linda Woodhead, has written a full article which is truly outstanding, deserves to be studied by all decision-makers in the Church, and is full of what can only be called common sense.

Marcus Borg

Yesterday we lost a great man. I think it was around 1989 that a friend drew attention to a book 'Jesus: a New Vision' by Marcus Borg.

Since then I have read most of his books and found him to be a key influence in my life. Books like 'The God We Never Knew', 'Meeting Jesus Again for the First Time' and 'The Heart of Christianity' have meant so much to me.