Category Archives: Guest Contributors

We Can’t Go Back…To Looking After No 1!

by the Ven Malcolm Chamberlain, Archdeacon of Sheffield & Rotherham and Member of General Synod On Monday 4th May, six weeks into the UK’s COVID-19 lockdown, The Guardian newspaper published an article by Richard Wilkinson and Kate Pickett under the … Continue reading

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We Can’t Go Back…to Ignoring Those We Do Not See

by the Rt Revd Ruth Worsley, Bishop of Taunton ‘You don’t belong here’ were the words spoken to me on my first Sunday evening as curate.  I must say I felt quite affronted, I was nervous enough.  It had been … Continue reading

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#BlackLivesMatter: Living Between Malcolm X and Uncle Tom

by Augustine Tanner-Ihm is an African-American ordinand at Cranmer Hall, St. John’s College, Durham. “You are angry, aggressive and people are afraid of you.” This statement is far too often used as a description or evaluation made by the White … Continue reading

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Lockdown Testimonies – Sue

by Sue, a Lay Minister who was born as a deaf person  Lockdown/shut down, frustration, isolation, loneliness was a normal life for me…then Covid 19 came to stay and our lives have turned upside down! I am used to being … Continue reading

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We Can’t Go Back…to Preserving Bricks & Mortar

by the Ven Nikki Groarke, Archdeacon of Dudley and Member of General Synod A small group of beleaguered disciples, tired, fearful and disappointed, uncertain about the future, meeting behind closed doors, wistfully reminiscing about the crowds who had at one … Continue reading

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We Can’t Go Back…to Breathlessness

by the Rt Revd Philip North, Bishop of Burnley ‘I can’t breathe.’ Following the lynch-mob style killing of George Floyd by Minneapolis Police, his dying words have become the cry of dispossessed and impoverished BAME communities first in the States … Continue reading

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We Can’t Go Back…to not Caring about Care

by Alison Webster, Deputy Director of Mission (Social Responsibility) in the Diocese of Oxford and author of ‘Found Out‘ and ‘You Are Mine’ I have spent a lot of time recently looking out of windows. Commuting long distances by car … Continue reading

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We Can’t Go Back…to Social Distancing

by the Rt Revd Rachel Treweek, Bishop of Gloucester I refuse to use the term ‘social distancing’ because it expresses something which is already far too prevalent in our country and world. In recent days as I have read social … Continue reading

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We Can’t Go Back…to Pre-Judging Our “Good Samaritans”

by Dr Jamie Harrison, a GP in Durham, Research Fellow in Healthcare and Religion at Durham University and the Chair of the General Synod’s House of Laity Since lockdown, I have spent an hour or so each week on a … Continue reading

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We Can’t Go Back…to Our Old Familiar Cages!

by the Revd Tim Goode, Rector of St Margaret’s, Lee, Disability Adviser to the Diocese of Southwark and Member of General Synod ‘I am the gate. Whoever enters by me will be saved, and will come in and go out … Continue reading

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