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Bridging the Gap for the homeless

by Jo Duckles CHURCHES are stepping in to bridge the gap as Government austerity measures are forcing more people out of their homes and onto the streets. In Oxfordshire alone around 130 beds will be lost as Simon House in Oxford and Julian Housing in Abingdon close. To highlight the increasing problem, the Revd Canon Read more…

Faith and Healthcare

By Janet McCrae. A version of this article appeared in the St Mary and St John Parish Magazine in November 2016. If patients are to flourish and recover well, healthcare needs to be person-centred and holistic. In November a conference on faith and health was convened Dr Guy Harrison, Head of Spiritual and Pastoral care at Read more…

Plough Wednesday

Yesterday’s news on Brexit may have offered some pointers as to what a post-EU future might look like, but there remains a great deal of uncertainty. For the farming community, which relies so heavily on EU policies and funds, there is particular concern about what the future may hold. Last week, Plough Wednesday offered an Read more…

Faithful Service

This week I read the latest Theos report on ‘Doing Good’. Whilst the report acknowledged the decline in attendance at church services, it offered a hopeful picture of a Church deepening its sense of service and love of neighbour. Church run projects are increasing both in number and in reach. An estimated 10 million people Read more…

Loving the Stranger

 A sermon given by Alison Webster at Jesus College, Oxford, October 2016. Readings: Deut 10:17-22; John 4:7-15; Ps 133. A story…. In July 2016 a protest rally was held in my home city, Norwich, in protest at the result of the EU Referendum. At 3am the following morning, a brick was thrown through the window Read more…

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