Category Archives: Coronavirus

We Can’t Go Back…But We Can Say Sorry

by the Revd Dr Christina Beardsley,  retired healthcare Chaplain, researcher and co-author of “This is My Body” and “Transfaith” On the 27th March 2020 the Guardian newspaper published ‘A letter to the UK from Italy: this is what we know … Continue reading

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We Can’t Go Back…to Being In Control

by the Very Revd Dr David Ison, Dean of St Paul’s, Member of General Synod and Vice-Chair of the Ozanne Foundation  Are you old enough to remember this? A woman is kneeling on the kitchen floor caressing her new fan … Continue reading

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We Can’t Go Back..in Our Quest for the “Perfect Service”

by Prof Helen King, Professor Emerita in Classical Studies at The Open University and lay preacher in the Diocese of Oxford I’ve found a new way of entertaining my mother, for whom I am also her carer, during the lockdown: … Continue reading

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We Can’t Go Back…A ‘Re-Minder’ To Us All

by the Very Revd Prof Martyn Percy, Dean of Christ Church, Oxford On Easter Sunday, the Archbishop of Canterbury was interviewed for the BBC Andrew Marr Show.  Inevitably then, as now, the pandemic dominated the discussion.  I was especially taken … Continue reading

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We Can’t Go Back….to Pretending Closeness is Unnecessary

by Savitri Hensman, community worker, author of “Sexuality, Struggle and Saintliness” and LGBTI+ equality activist As the coronavirus pandemic has spread, there has been widespread sorrow, fear and frustration. But there have also been many instances of love and kindness … Continue reading

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We Can’t Go Back….Remember, These Are Early Days

by the Rt Revd Paul Bayes, Bishop of Liverpool and Chair of the Ozanne Foundation A few weeks ago I broke a tooth. It was a big molar that had done great work for me for well over fifty years, … Continue reading

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Do Not Be Afraid!

by the Rt Revd Paul Bayes, Bishop of Liverpool and Chair of the Ozanne Foundation People cope with anxiety in different ways. For Christians, the hope and the truth of our faith gives us resources to cope. And the fact … Continue reading

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Trauma & Tragedy in Congregations & Communities

by the Revd Hilary Ison, Project Team Member for Trauma and Tragedy in Congregations The local church often finds itself at the centre of response in situations of tragedy and trauma, ‘opening the doors’ of the church for refuge for … Continue reading

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Who’s Caring for our Nation’s Spiritual Health?

by Jayne Ozanne, Editor of ViaMedia, Member of General Synod and Director of the Ozanne Foundation We’ve heard much from the government in recent days about the importance of looking after our physical and mental health. It’s one of the … Continue reading

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Do We Believe in Life After Death? – A Response

by the Revd Canon Simon Butler, Prolocutor for the Province of Canterbury and Vicar of St Mary’s Battersea In last Friday’s Church Times, Canon Angela Tilby wrote a typically provocative and thought-provoking piece entitled Do we believe in life after … Continue reading

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