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Pentecost – Canon Stephen Shipley

‘The letter kills but the Spirit gives life.’ Three weeks ago I was sitting in the Bridgewater Hall in Manchester soaking up the exhilarating sounds of Mahler’s Symphony of a […]


Sunday after Ascension – Rev’d Dr Peter Groves

At this time of year, the Christian church celebrates the Ascension of Christ, and it’s a season that always takes me back. In this particular environment, I hardly need remind […]


Vocation Sunday – The Chaplain

An Anglican priest and a Methodist minister, both wearing dog collars, were hammering a sign into the verge of a road. The sign read “The end is Near! Turn yourself […]


Faith – Rt. Rev’d Michael Langrish

Faith schools, faith communities, inter faith, multi faith – the word faith litters the lexicon of contemporary politics, but scratch the surface just a bit, and it becomes all too […]


Temperance – The Chaplain

A southern minister was completing a temperance sermon. With great expression he said, ”If I had all the beer in the world, I’d take it and pour it into the […]


Prudence – Peter Atkinson

WHEN the chaplain invited me to preach, I was very glad to accept the invitation. When, having secured my acceptance, he wrote to say that there was to be a […]


Half a Mars bar is better than none – Rt. Rev’d Stephen Platten

Any of you who have children – and I expect many of you are hoping you don’t – but those of who do will know that one learns as much […]


Introduction to the Heavenly Virtues – The Chaplain

We should all feel sorry for Peter Parker. Consider his lot. He is a shy, college nerd, in love with his next-door neighbour, Mary Jane; teased and bullied by his […]


University Sermon on Sin of Pride – Rt. Rev’d Michael Perham

For a Bishop of Gloucester to preach in this chapel is to be reminded of an important piece of Worcester College history. Medieval Gloucester was, like Oxford, a great religious […]


Wheat and Tares – Very Rev’d Keith Jones

While everyone was asleep an enemy came and sowed weeds among the wheat…” Matthew 13 v 25Too much of my life is spent in committees, trying to find policies acceptable […]