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Beating the Bounds

“The ‘Church’ is not God’s primary project – the world is. So, it might do us all good to get out of our church buildings more when the current lockdown ends, bamboo canes in hand or not,” says Bishop John Roundhill, as he shares about a peculiar ancient parish practice

The Mission Dispensary at Mzumba, Nyasaland (now Malawi) in 1928, with The Rev'd Aldwyn on the right (photo courtesy of The Bodleian Library, Oxford)
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News from an Anglican missionary in Africa

“I am now pretty fit in myself and am spending a few days slacking, on Doctor’s orders, except for writing sermons for Holy Week and Easter and then translating them into Chinyanja. Learning the local language has been a trial for me, but I am aware of the immense privilege I have in ministering to the folk,” as described by The Rev’d Harold Aldwyn Machell Cox CBE, the great-granduncle of Frances Thompson, in a series of family letters called ‘The Budget’, which is held in the famous Bodleian Library

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The night the Zeppelin bombs fell

“The Vicar’s wife and the Sunday School teachers should have been meeting in the Parish Room, but the meeting was serendipitously moved to the Parsonage, where they could have coffee afterwards. Plans altered, for no particular reason. While the Parish Room was destroyed in the bombing, tears of joy and relief came later,” says Frances Thompson in her retelling of her great-grandfather’s real-life account

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Dispatch from the Archdeacon of London

“COVID-19 has revealed again much that we like to hide from ourselves: inequalities, fears and inadequacies in so many aspects of our society. It has also revealed again the hope we proclaim. Civil society saw what we meant and recognised that we have something to offer without which it is itself impoverished and diminished,” says The Ven. Luke Miller, Archdeacon of London and honorary Chaplain to the Queen