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Church for the Godless

Paul Beaumont | Posted 29.09.2014 | UK
Paul Beaumont

Jesus and I have been separated a few years now. Well, we're divorced actually. Now, I know that whenever a marriage fails it's always the other person's fault and I'm not saying I'm perfect, but I had really, really tried to make it work. In the end, it was his moody silence that finished it off for me; all those years of absence...

Voyage, Quest, Inspired: Sunday in Oxbridge

April Xiaoyi Xu | Posted 08.09.2014 | UK Universities & Education
April Xiaoyi Xu

The withered leaves collected at my feet. Autumn is beautiful here, yes, absolutely. I gazed, aimlessly and still, at the meadows, the buildings, the river, and the bridge. Time flies, and I was to leave this fantastical world.

Cameron Hails Synod Vote On Women Bishops As 'Great Day For Equality'

PA/Huffington Post UK | Posted 14.07.2014 | UK

Prime Minister David Cameron welcomed the General Synod's decision to back legislation allowing women bishops in the Church of England. Following the ...

Hallelujah! Church Of England Endorses Women Bishops (And Not Before Time)

The Huffington Post UK | Jessica Elgot | Posted 14.07.2014 | UK

The Church of England has finally endorsed women bishops, after years of bitter struggle, as the General Synod gave the legislation a resounding major...

Christians Know That We Don't Live in a Christian Society

Dr Simon Duffy | Posted 29.06.2014 | UK Politics
Dr Simon Duffy

As a Christian I am always pleased when someone comes out of the closet and admits that they are a Christian, but it was with very mixed feelings that I read David Cameron's admission of faith. He seems rather muddled about what Christianity means and there are reasons to think that his declaration has a rather different motive.

Eleven Reasons Why Jesus Is Not Coming Back

Stephen Hamilton | Posted 27.06.2014 | UK Comedy
Stephen Hamilton

Some very persuasive religious group hustlers banged on my door, aggressively, and were even more fierce with their finger and tongue wagging telling me, 'Jesus is coming'. Now, I have no qualms about anyone's beliefs and I give anyone their right to their beliefs but I don't go knocking on their doors telling them, 'No he f***ing isn't."

The Religious Evangelism of the Easter Bunny

Rod Macfarlane | Posted 17.06.2014 | UK Politics
Rod Macfarlane

As we approach the Easter weekend and the most significant time in the Christian calendar, my thoughts have been divided between David Cameron proclaiming to all his Christian faith and the matter of Scots Independence.

The Power of Popular History

Alex Davis | Posted 23.04.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Alex Davis

Though examples of popular history range from magazines such as History Today right through to the work of the National Trust, it is the film industry that has recently encapsulated the imaginations of thousands of ordinary people.

A Tale of Three Quarters

Julian Bond | Posted 13.04.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Julian Bond

Yes, Christians and Muslims can and do meet naturally but it doesn't happen as often, or as meaningfully, as we would like. It needs a little push, someone to create opportunities and introduce people to each other, that's where we come in. Where would you start?

Churches Should Be Welcoming - All Year Round

Sarah Lothian | Posted 17.02.2014 | UK
Sarah Lothian

A vicar has told his congregation that only going to church at Christmas is a 'sham' and seems to suggest visitors should stay away if they don't fully embrace the Christian message.

Church Of England Should Offer Services For Same Sex Relationships

PA/Huffington Post UK | Posted 28.11.2013 | UK

Clergy for the Church of England should be able to offer services for same sex relationships, according to a report prepared by the House of Bishops W...

The Cost of Energy: Time for a Whole New Agenda for People and the Planet

Chris Walker | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Politics
Chris Walker

Last week, EDF became the fifth of the 'Big Six' energy providers to announce an increase in energy costs for consumers this autumn. It's now a regular occurrence that energy price hikes cause anger among UK consumers, followed by stern words from political leaders.

Is I Vow To Thee My Country 'Obscene'?

The Huffington Post UK | Jessica Elgot | Posted 10.11.2013 | UK

The lyrics to Margaret Thatcher's favourite hymn I Vow To Thee My Country could be re-written, because they seem obscene to modern military families, ...

LOOK: This Church Looks Like A Giant Penis From Above

Huffington Post UK | Sara C Nelson | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK

A brand new Christian Science church in Illinois has been found to bear a strong resemblance to a gigantic penis. The Google Earth image, coupled...

Does the Bible Have a Role to Play in Social Care - In China?

Ben Whitnall | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK
Ben Whitnall

At the conference on the role of Christianity in China, which was sponsored by Bible Society, a government official called on the Church to take care of China's growing number of elderly people. 'It is a big challenge for the authorities and for the Church,' said government spokesman Wang Xinhua.

Are We Going To Run Out Of Room For Bodies?

The Huffington Post UK/PA | Posted 27.11.2013 | UK

British bodies could soon start piling up, with cemetery experts warning of a looming "crisis." A quarter of cemeteries in England will be full wit...

Is It Time for a New Coalition?

Dr Simon Duffy | Posted 24.11.2013 | UK Politics
Dr Simon Duffy

On the eve of the Conservative Party Conference a new coalition is emerging. Driven by the injustice of a range of policies - all of which target disabled adults, older people, children and war veterans.

Holy Crap!

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 15.09.2013 | UK

Spiritual cleansing has got dirty, according to reports. Rather than containing healing properties, most water from "holy" springs in Austria is ap...

Don't 'Love God'? Don't Use Church Community Centres

The Huffington Post UK | Jessica Elgot | Posted 24.08.2013 | UK

Girl Guide groups who accept the new "secularist" promise, which does not include a reference to God, should no longer be allowed to use Church premis...

Read The Full Text Of The Bishop Of London's Address

PA | Posted 17.04.2013 | UK

The Bishop of London, Richard Chartres, paid tribute to Lady Thatcher's "perseverance in struggle and courage". Here is the full text of his addres...

Bishop Of London Dodges Political Debate: 'Lying Here, She Is One Of Us'

PA/Huffington Post UK | Posted 17.04.2013 | UK

George Osborne wiped away a tear as the Bishop of London addressed Margaret Thatcher's funeral service in St Paul's on Wednesday morning. The Right...

Depression in the Elderly - In Search of a Secular Church

Hannah Gal | Posted 15.06.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Hannah Gal

We are social beings and interacting with others is crucial to our functioning and mental health. The loss of active family connections and any sense of community, inevitably lead to depression so the question is how do we bring socialisng back into these people's lives and can a sense of community actually be established?

Easter Break from 'Rubies in the Rubble'

Jenny Dawson | Posted 29.05.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Jenny Dawson

Easter is celebrated like Christmas in our family. A rigid, clockwork routine year in, year out starting with the family breakfast, invasion of cousins, the Easter egg hunt (by mum - a notorious expert hider) and church.

Felicity A Morse

What Would Jesus Tweet? | Felicity A Morse | Posted 16.03.2013 | UK

As the number of people identifying themselves as Christian goes into steep decline, there is one place where religious debate is booming: online. ...

Pope Francis Brings Much-Needed Hope for Change in the Catholic Church

Calum Miller | Posted 15.05.2013 | UK Universities & Education
Calum Miller

I, for one, am quite excited about the new Pope. It is easy to raise questions about his age - he is only 10 years younger than Ratzinger - but there are signs that there is something to like for everyone. For one, he marks the end of a long period of European dominance: it is sometimes hard to remember that half of the early Popes were from the Middle East and Africa.