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Obey the sadness

Lamentation is a core faith tradition, but many of us struggle with the idea that God might accompany us in times of tragedy. SARAH BESSEY is learning the hard way that there are times when we need simply to make peace with our despair.

READ MORE Published January 2016

Obama's faith journey

CHRISTOPHER JACKSON tracks the true beliefs of the 44th President at the start of his final year in office.

READ MORE Published January 2016

An old story

Deborah Fielding rewrites an ancient tale.

READ MORE Published January 2016

Faith and infidelity

When her beloved husband contracted degenerative brain disease, Rebecca de Saintonge faced a world of pain and spiritual doubt as he slowly ceased to function. Where was God? And was it wrong to find solace with another man?

READ MORE Published December 2015

Finding resilience

Psychologists agree that human resilience is crucial to our ability to weather life’s challenges – but how do we foster it? Author and broadcaster SHERIDAN VOYSEY finds contemporary answers in a surprisingly traditional place.

READ MORE Published December 2015

Christmas Giving

Huw Spanner provides inspiration for your Christmas shopping with a round-up of gifts to benefit those who really need our help.

READ MORE Published December 2015

Christian community: heaven or hell?

Shared meals, radically inclusive mission, or rows over rotas? Many of us aspire to community living – but fear it might be a living hell.

READ MORE Published November 2015

Violence undone: an epiphany

Whether starting gang fights as a football hooligan or studying for his thesis, Martyn Smith has always been fascinated by violence. Here he candidly explores its attraction and recounts the life-changing moment he passed the point of no-return.

READ MORE Published November 2015

Tackling the ‘Is it I, Lord?’ question

How are religious orders, theological institutions, diocesan advisers, and others helping people to work out their calling, asks Rebecca Paveley.

READ MORE Published November 2015

Celebrating the introvert

With its impulse towards community and mass social action, Christianity could be seen as an extrovert’s faith. But that would be a mistake, believes Mark Tanner, who cherishes the often-overlooked gifts of the introvert.

READ MORE Published November 2015