by Brian Frost
from Signs of the Times No. 16 - Jan 2005

Archbishop William Temple once observed that 'Christianity is the most materialistic of all religions'.

Many have since quoted his words about the Incarnation and its significance, for God taking on our human nature is the core Christian conviction. Now we assert that this same God comes to us through the waters of baptism and the bread and wine of the Eucharist. How­ever, some Christian traditions-most notably the Society of Friends (the Quakers) and the Eastern Orthodox Churches-see the whole earth sacramentally, almost as an outward and visible symbol of God's presence and, in a certain understanding of immanence, as the very garment of God.

by Patrick Lewin
from Signs of the Times No. 16 - Jan 2005

How can 59,054,087 people be so DUMB?

U.S. ELECTION DISASTER

The Daily Mirror's front page comment, over a picture of President Bush, was followed next day by Brian Reade's blistering column, 'God Help America':

'America deservedly got a lawless cowboy to lead them further into carnage and isolation and the unreserved contempt of most of the rest of the world. The Yellow Rogue of Texas.'

by Simon J Taylor
from Signs of the Times No. 16 - Jan 2005
[Other MCU covenant responses]

What it is not

The Windsor Report is not a report on the theology and ethics of sexuality. The Report goes out of its way to emphasise this on at least three occasions.

What it is

The Report is about what it means to live in communion. 'Communion' is one of those words that Christians use a lot, without always being very clear about what they mean by it. In ecumenical circles, 'communion-ecclesiology', that is an understanding of the church based on the notion of communion, has been very influential. But critics of this approach have said that it doesn't clearly relate to the realities of church life in which there are disagreements and divisions.

by Mary Roe
from Signs of the Times No. 16 - Jan 2005

To reach a considered view of the Government's proposed Gambling Bill, the main thrust of which is to increase by a greater or lesser number the Las Vegas-style casinos throughout the country, we must go beyond our initial gut-reaction either to the morality of gambling per se or to the social effects which gambling has been seen to have on any particular group of people.

On the other hand, our thinking is bound to be influenced by our personal faith alignments in the one case and by past experience and observation in the other.

by Elizabeth Macfarlane
from Signs of the Times No. 16 - Jan 2005

There is an instructive contrast between the publications of the Rochester report, and the Windsor Report which preceded it by a fortnight.

International news teams swarmed around the crypt of St. Paul's for Archbishop Eames' press conference, and there was a febrile excitement, and much poring over the document's contents, and discussion of its meaning. By contrast, the Rochester report spluttered weakly into the public domain like a damp firework, buried deep within the bowels of Church House. Of course, Windsor held relevance for the entire Anglican communion, and Rochester only for the Church of England, though when an established church is considering whether half the human race should continue to be excluded from its leadership, one might have hoped for a greater show of interest.