The Politics of the Cross

Like each of us, Jesus was born into a political context; he lived and died experiencing its pressures, posturing, and power-mongering. Politics is wrapped up in the Gospel accounts of Jesus, from his birth to his execution: even the central symbol of Christianity, the Cross itself, carries with it profoundly political overtones. What, then, are the implications of this?

Mourning our infidelity

Elaine Storkey, drawing on her years of involvement in General Synod, Crown appointments and working for the ordination of women as priests and bishops, reflects on the withdrawal of Philip North.

A Moral Issue that Challenges Us

The vision of a world where women and men experience equal respect and freedom from harm is crucial - and an essential part of Christian redemptive hope.

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Fulcrum Perspectives: Women Bishops Legislation

I am on the horns of a considerable dilemma. We are now at the point where it should be possible to admit women to the office of Bishop, and thus to full participation in the ministry of the Church of England.

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Any Man’s Death Diminishes Me

Originally published in the Church Times 13th January 2012 (used with permission) The Report from the Commission on Assisted Dying was entirely predictable. Its key recommendation – that we legalize assisted suicide for terminally ill adults with less than a year to live- surprised no one. Indeed, what other outcome was likely from an initiative … Continue Reading

Women at the Cross

Women at the Cross by Elaine Storkey Reading: Mark 15 25-41; Luke 23 50-56 There were many bystanders at the public execution on that first Good Friday. Some came for the experience; the spectacle of human torture and death is magnetic for those with an appetite for cruelty. Others came because it was their job. They were … Continue Reading