He was Jewish, his faith was of the utmost importance to him, and his friends and family would never be able to accept that he was dating a Christian girl. I was his closet case, and he didn't want to hide anymore.
According to a comprehensive new study undertaken by the Church of England to discover the factors related to spiritual and numerical.. church growth, our 'National Church' is in decline because generations of church goers are not being replaced.
The unjust arrest of Moazzam Begg, a director at the campaign group CAGE and prominent Muslim human rights advocate, has sparked an unprecedented number of supporters calling for justice for his right to freedom.
Like the early church, what we need are politicians and leaders with the courage to live out the future as it has been revealed to them. It is time to move on from debate to action, hoping that we are not too late, but also, paradoxically, welcoming the trauma of more violent demonstrations of climate change at the doorsteps of those who continue to resist what deep down they probably already know.
Ever since I developed an eating disorder I have been haunted by the start of term or Lent or any of these times as opportunities to start a new leaf and remove from lifestyle any unhealthy bingeing that had been dominating life. Yes, the anorexia was utilising this as an opportunity to persevere into dangerous territory.
In similar vein, stories of a health dividend from a "divine connection" - often called prayer - are slowly but surely being woven into the growing debate about the importance of life's immeasurables.
For some reason, I seem completely unable to enjoy the present moment without planning or starting my next move 'forward'. I find it very difficult to just be in the now. There are just so many distractions and if I am honest, most of them are unnecessary and self enforced.
Whether or not you keep Lent, starting on Wednesday 5 March this year - and in what way you keep it - is your choice. But to keep Lent, thoughtfully and prayerfully, is to come into a rich and lasting inheritance. Be blessed this Lent and bless others!
Interfaith dialogue will have to take its place as a crucial item on everybody's agenda. It is heartening to get behind these students - the leaders of tomorrow - who show us that faith and religion is still relevant to life's meaning and for flourishing, dynamic, societies.
Scotland weren't the only Brits celebrating in Rome last Saturday. Whilst the Tartan Army was scoring points at the Rugby, people from all parts of the UK were at the Vatican watching Pope Francis elevate the Archbishop of Westminster, Vincent Nichols, to the College of Cardinals and I was proud to be there too as part of the UK's official delegation...
When religious leaders across the spectrum line up to say your policies have created a "national crisis" of hunger and poverty, when your government is forced to push out a long-delayed report that comprehensively debunks your already obviously weak explanation for the explosive growth of food banks, it really isn't a great idea to claim that your policies were driven by a "moral mission".
The church of England has been around since the end of the sixth century, while parliament has only been around in its present form since 1801. The church is far older, it has far more supporters, and if the government thinks that by ignoring it, it will just shut up and go away, then they are in for a very big surprise.
The media, including newspapers such as the Daily Mail, must provide a more responsible, objective and proportionate way of reporting on stories, but I suppose that is expecting a lot from the Daily Mail.
While we can be grateful that we live in a country where the state can mostly respond effectively to environmental disasters, and local communities are remarkably resourceful and resilient, I can't help wondering whether some real needs are being missed... are we are missing a trick as a country if we can't find a way to capitalise on the huge appetite for voluntary action?
Claudia, for example, a woman in her late 20s, was made to live in a small room with her husband, her three sons, her parents and her brother's family - all 11 of them, sharing a bathroom with 30 others. After more than three years of this mistreatment, no alternatives have been offered to their ghastly inadequate living conditions. Imagine if something similar was happening here in Britain. There would be outrage if a local council behaved this way. So it is not surprising that 23 senior religious leaders in the UK... have chosen to make a stand to defend the rights of these families who have been subject of discrimination in Romania.
I am very proud of the decisions we have made. I hope that they can be respected, because I, and our Board of Trustees, are absolutely clear that the words of the Promise, and our commitment to one Promise for All, have not changed. To me, this is what being "true to myself" is all about: standing up for what we believe in even when it might seem hard.