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Letter from the Rector – November 2012

November, with its darkening days, is for Remembrance. Great public remembrances and private but no less remembrances of things and people past are part of a greater whole.

On Remembrance Sunday in Cleobury and in our villages we gather around our memorials in an act of witness that seems to grow stronger and more poignant as the years pass, perhaps because those who fought in the First World War have now gone beyond our sight, and those whom President Clinton called the ‘Great Generation’ who fought the Second, grow ever older. (more…)

Letter from the Bishop – November 2012

Ever since Kenneth Baker’s reforms in the 1980s governments of all persuasions have passed legislation to reform education. Education is one of the finest gifts any person can receive. The language of raising standards and better equipping individuals to the challenges of an ever changing world is praiseworthy. Problems arise when those purposes become subsumed into the implementation of yet another political ideology. This simply turns education into a political football. (more…)

Letter from the Rector – October 2012

We sometimes forget, in the yearly course, the importance of Easter, and the power and the glory of its message of hope and joy for transforming our lives. It may seem strange to be reading these words in October, but one of the ways in which the first Christians reinforced their faith as a community was to ensure that the annual celebration of Jesus’ resurrection included a collective renewal of peoples’ baptismal vows, which of course had often been made as adults in the first place, at Easter. This was a powerful moment in the life of the local church and in people’s own personal pilgrimage, made more potent because it was the custom of the church in the first centuries of its life that all baptisms, except in emergencies, happened during the Easter Vigil, in the darkness before the glorious dawn of the Resurrection morning. (more…)

Letter from the Bishop – October 2012

Forty years ago, two people recognized the need to begin a chaplaincy for national agricultural work. One of the two was an Anglican priest, Canon Peter Buckler, the other, Lord Rank. So was born the ARC (Arthur Rank Centre).

The work of the ARC has grown significantly over the years as it has addressed different rural issues. It has spawned the Rural Housing Trust, the magazine “The
Way”, the Farm Crisis Network, the Addington Fund, Computers for Rural people. Always it has wanted to support not only rural communities but the life of the Church within them and serving them. That remains the case to-day and the work is as much needed as ever. (more…)