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Christian Journal

Christian Living for a Change

One of the casualties of the take-overs that rocked the publishing world in the late 1980s was Christian journal, which was a direct descendant of both New Christian and New Fire. The publishing house that had previously supported the earlier Christian decided it should be ditched when their operation moved to the States, and for a short while it looked as though Christian would be left high and dry.

The editorial board approached me in 1991 with the request that rather than let Christian disappear, I should take on the editorship and relaunch it as an independent journal. Although I had worked with Christopher Bryant on New Fire, it was still with some trepidation that I agreed to do so.

Despite challenges and difficulties, all went amazingly well, and over the next seven years I produced 27 issues of Christian, before handing over the editorship in 1998. Practically all the major Christian thinkers and writers of the 1990s were represented in this journal, which developed a strong and committed readership. Read more about the birth and development of Christian here.

Christian was an ecumenical journal committed to both Christian action and spirituality. It was short, accessible and to the point; and reached many people who would otherwise have felt isolated in their faith journey. By including good contemporary poetry in each issue, it was also a platform for many poets who might otherwise have been unread by most people in the churches.

Issues of Christian are available for sale, for £1.50 including postage and package. Complete bound sets can also be supplied to libraries, for the price of £100. The easiest way to purchase them is to contact me so that I can send you details to pay by bank transfer and you can send me your address.

Christian Journal
Christian Journal – 1991/4 – Taking the Risk

Christian Journal – 1991/4 – Taking the Risk


Virginia Hoffman: Base Communities

Peter Price: UK and beyond

Margaret Walsh: Hope Community

Timothy Biles: Journey. A window on the Sudan

Ianthe Pratt: God talk and the community


Prabhu S Guptara: Autumn

Marjorie Idle: The Murraymint

Liturgy on the theme of Listening

Book review

‘The Church in the midst of creation’ by Vincent J Donovan.

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Christian Journal – 1992/1 – All Change in Europe

Christian Journal – 1992/1 – All Change in Europe


Charles Elliott: Ideals and Idols

Hugh Wybrew: The Orthodox Churches in Eastern Europe

Stephen Platten: Spirituality and Europe. A Christian dreaming

Irina Ratushinskaya: A Problem of Two Cities

Mary Garnet: Inner Room


Jack Clemo: Sortridge Manor

John Butterfield: Euro-nightmare

Prabhu S Guptara: On seeing my first snowfall

Liturgy from ‘Women Included’

Book reviews

‘Women Included’ by the St Hilda Community

‘Patterns and examples. Quaker attitudes and European opportunities’ by Geoffrey Hubbard Swarthmore

Film review

‘Prospero’s Books’ by Peter Greenaway

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Christian Journal – 1992/2 – Nationalism and Nationality

Christian Journal – 1992/2 – Nationalism and Nationality

John Davies: Nationalism
Clare Amos: Jerusalem and Emmaus
Bruce Kent: Building a Global Village
Patrick Thomas: Keeping house in a cloud of witnesses
Brian Brown: Old Nationalism for New
Bede Smith: Remembering 1492, on the underside of history
Sandra Pollerman: Storytelling and Stories
Nadir Dinshaw: The land we love the most
Ku Song: Midday Prayer
Ku Song:  rice field
Joan Smith: Good Friday – How Steak Gorge
Elaine Miller: The Memory of Myrrh
Margaret N Newton: Old Altar Candles
Chuck Lathrop: Come and have breakfast
Kenneth C Steven: My you
Liturgy from ‘Bread for Tomorrow’
Book reviews
‘The voices of the victims’ ed Leonardo Boff & Virgil Elizondo
‘Barbed Lines’ ed Debjanis Chatterjee & Rashida Islam
‘Paradise News’ by David Lodge

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Christian Journal – 1992/3 – The Celtic Fringe

Christian Journal – 1992/3 – The Celtic Fringe

Esther de Waal: Celtic Christianity
Sean O Duinn: Celtic Spirituality
Dafydd Elis Thomas: Re-emergence of Welsh Wales
Bob Holman: Away from the Highlands and Islands tourist route
Sally Hastings: Ireland at the Crossroads
John Bell: Post mortem
R S Thomas: Afallon
R S Thomas: Retired
Davie Webster: Iona Mo Chridhe
Mary Sheepshanks: Transmission from Iona
Liturgy from Carmina Gadelica
Book reviews
‘George MacLeod’ by Ronald Ferguson
‘Sent by the Lord’ ed John Bell
‘A wide open heart’ compiled by Nadir Dinshaw.

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Christian Journal – 1992/4 – Youth Church

Christian Journal – 1992/4 – Youth Church

Carmel Heaney: Old Truths/ New Lies
Nikki Arthy: Come join the dance for justice
Brian Phillips: Taizé
Maggie Smith: L’Arche
Carol Holliday: College House
Alison Gelder: Student Cross
Claire Wilton: New Roots, Hull
Gregory Briffa: The Youth Church
Patrick Clarke: At the edge
Stephen Verney: I AM
Marshall Coombs: Early Autumn Sunlight
Robin Shirley: Quaker Apples
Geoffrey Daniel: The Diary of Anne Frank
Jack Clemo: Voyages
Liturgy  Hymn ‘We reach out hungry hands’ by Jeremy Davies
Book of photography ‘Pillars of the Church’ by Jane Bown
Video ‘Barriers or Bridges’ by the Columban Fathers
CD ‘Meditation in sound’ Virgin Classics.

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Christian Journal – 1993/1 – Work

Christian Journal – 1993/1 – Work

David Bleakley: Beyond work
Eileen Maybin: Weaving through debt
Ricarda Leask: Work
Geoffrey Brogden: Givers – not receivers. The potential of the unemployed
Robin Richardson” Quite an Agenda – jobs and racial justice
Chris Beedle: Overwork
Sr Eileen Mary: Who am I?
Mary Sheepshanks: Dust Storm
Geoffrey Daniel: Madonna of the Washing
Jean Harrison: That human hands have made
David Lethbridge: On a mantlepiece
Liturgy Some modern psalms
Film review Sister Act
Book reviews
‘What lies ahead – listening to refugees’ by Christians Aware
‘Still following Christ in a consumer society’ by John F Kavanagh
‘Celebrating Common Prayer’.

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Christian Journal – 1993/2 – Human Sexuality

Christian Journal – 1993/2 – Human Sexuality

John S Spong: Monogamy
Susan Howatch: Clerical Casualties
Ann Lewin: Sex and the single Christian
Alwyn Marriage: In praise of Sexuality and Spirituality
Ruth H Sihlangu: Adolescent sexuality in Zimbabwe
Elizabeth Stuart: Bearing the marks of crucifixion – or resurrection
Richard Holloway: Can the Church lead the way towards a new sexual ethic?
Margaret Connor: The First Time
Andrew Salmon: Helen
Andrew Salmon: Adultery
Rupert M Loydell: Touching Truth
Liturgy  Meditations by Jim Cotter
Book reviews
‘Daring to speak love’s name’ ed Elizabeth Stuart
‘Partners in Protests’ by Diana Collins
Exhibition review
Eric Gill, Barbican Gallery.

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Christian Journal – 1993/3 – Music

Christian Journal – 1993/3 – Music

Jonathan Dove: Making a joyful noise
Terri Coyle: To face the music
Maggie Hamilton: Sing freedom!
Gabrielle Power: Quality versus participation?
Tony Jasper: Contemporaty Music and Protest
David Stancliffe: Tuning our lives
Mary Grey: Meditation for Annunciation – Lady Day
Stephen Tunnicliffe: Bow in the Cloud
Alex Warner: Keeper of the Bees
Alex Warner: Oh Wisdom
Liturgy 4 new hymns by June Boyce-Tillman
Book reviews
‘In tune with heaven’, Report of Archbishops’ Commission on Church Music
‘Euros Bowen. Priest-poet’ ed Cynthia & Saunders Davies
‘Approach to Murano’ Jack Clemo
‘Mass for hard times’ R S Thomas
Band review  ‘Iona. Band on the Wall’.

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Christian Journal – 1993/4 – The Dispossessed

Christian Journal – 1993/4 – The Dispossessed

Magali do Nascimento Cunha: Good news from the dispossessed
Lily Griffiths: East Timor’s struggle for self-determination
Eileen Barker: Armenia
Geoffrey Brogden: The cost of being different. Romany
Heather Spears: Children of the Intifada
Frank Turner, SJ: Theological Reflections
Martyn Halsall: Advent
Margaret McAllister: The Woman in Blue
Verrier Elwin: The Child and the Rood
Liturgy by Janet Hodgson
Book review
‘Din Sevak, Verrier Elwin’s life of service in tribal India’
Exhibition review
Henry Moore and the sea. Pallant House, Chichester.

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Christian Journal – 1994/1 – Paths to Spirituality

Christian Journal – 1994/1 – Paths to Spirituality

Christine Roberts: Searching
Judith Lancaster: Prayer and the Preoccupied
Tim Jenkins: A Materialist Account of Prayer?
Sylvia Roberts: The People of God
Sheila Cassidy: Trust in Darkness
Walter Wink: Against perfectionism
R Rabindranath Menon: Eden Revisited
June Maynard: New Birth
Pat Laycock: The Butterfly
Geoffrey Smith: Stop
Liturgy Come down to the tea run.
Book reviews
‘Towards the city’ Psalms by Jim Cotter
‘Gather the fragments’ Alan Ecclestone
‘The F-word’ by Caroline Bailey & Martin Davies.

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Christian Journal – 1994/2 – To Act Justly

Christian Journal – 1994/2 – To Act Justly

Shakuntala Banaji: Universal justice. Utopia or reality?
David Haslam: The struggle against apartheid
Andrew Radford: Baby milk action
Dee Price: Light a candle, curse the darkness
Stephen Hancock: Swords into ploughshares
Edmond L Browning: Calling the Church to stewardship
Thomas Cullinan: When you eat this bread …
Philip Allin: Ex libris
Virginia Rounding: Surrounded
Anne Richards: Solomon’s judgement
Jean Blanchard: A poem for Holy Week
Geoffrey Smith: Under the fell
Liturgy A liturgy for peace in a time of trouble. Doreen Hudson-Tobin
Book reviews
‘Witness against the Beast’ E P Thompson
‘Psalms of patience, protest and praise’. John Bell
‘Engaging the Powers’ by Walter Wink.

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Christian Journal – 1994/3 – The Play Is The Thing

Christian Journal – 1994/3 – The Play Is The Thing

Michael Austin: Theatre & Liturgy
Keith Ramsay: The postwar revival of the Mystery Plays
Fiona Shaw: Some weeks ago I flew to Ireland
Vicky Ireland: The place of live theatre in the emotional world of the child
Peri Aston: Things fall together
James Roose-Evans: a ritual grows as we grow
Anthony Masters: Community Acting
Kate Partridge: The Prodigal Daughter
Sheila Cassidy: The Kingdom of God
Liturgy ‘The play’s the thing’, compiled by Michael Sadgrove
Film reviews Schindler’s List and Shadowlands.

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Christian Journal – 1994/4 – Trevor Huddleston

Christian Journal – 1994/4 – Trevor Huddleston

Ruth McCurry interviews Archbishop Trevor Huddleston
Nadir Dinshaw: Interfaith ecumenism
Sr Denzil: Still point in a turning world
Eric James: One Sunday in Sophiatown
Jeremy Davies: Struggle and Contemplation
Sam Bickersteth: In the steps of Trevor Huddleston – Masasi 1991
Harry Matthews: The Huddleston Centre for Handicapped Children
Julian ScharfL Trevor Huddleston in East London
Desmond Tutu: Tribute to Archbishop Trevor Huddleston CR
Jack Clemo: George Muller
Heather Spears: Household
Liturgy Love by Oswald Mtshali.

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Christian Journal – 1995/1 – Transport of Delight

Christian Journal – 1995/1 – Transport of Delight

Baz Wielenga: The Idol of Speed and the God of Life
Transport correspondent: The Sane Alternative
Jo Jennings: Sheffield Transport
Nigel Coates: Transport Policy in Oxford
Alan Storkie: A Christian Economics of Transport
Sophia Marriage: Oxleas wood
BR employee: The story of the Settle to Carlisle Line
Philip Insall: Sustrans builds road to freedom
Timothy Gorringe: Pilgrimage
Margaret J Cooke: Epiphany
Virginia Rounding: Nunc Dimittis
Michael Perks: God in winter
Liturgy Prayers for a journey. Kathy Galloway
Book reviews
‘With burning hearts’ by Henri Nousen
‘Capital and the Kingdom’ by Timothy Gorringe
‘Christian mission in the twentieth century’ by Timothy Yates.

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Christian Journal – 1995/2 – Africa

Christian Journal – 1995/2 – Africa

John Pobee: Daring to dream a new heaven and a new earth in Africa
Jeremy Pemberton: Bound for the Word of God
Julienne Munyaneza: Miracles do still happen
Denise Ackerman: Witness in South Africa
J A Azumah: Islam and Christianity in Africa
George Bebawi: Witness in Egypt
Carol Bebawi: Dialogue in Egypt
Jennifer Chiwela: The effect of Structural Adjustment Programmes on women in Zambia
Makerere School of Fine Art: Garbage Birds
Margaret Connor: Gordon’s Garden Tomb
Margaret McAllister: Fruit harvest
Dinah Köjö: I saw No One
Liturgy for the Healing of the Nations in Africa. Devised by Janet Hodgson
Book reviews
‘Faces of Jesus in Africa’ ed Robert J Schreiter
‘The interpretation of the New Testament, 1861-1986. Stephen Neill & Tom Wright.

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Christian Journal – 1995/3 – The Rhythm of the Seasons

Christian Journal – 1995/3 – The Rhythm of the Seasons

David Adam: The Rhythm of the Seasons
Ronald Blythe: A Sacred Calendar
Hugh Monefiore: Gaia
Anthony Russell: The Church of England in the Contemporary Countryside
Terry Miller: Rural Reality
Patrick J Riley: A glance at what is happening at Glastonbury
William Denning: God’s dream
Tim Gorringe: Reflection
Geoff Smith: Prayer Walk
Bernard Saint: Touch
Margaret Cooke: Destinations
Liturgy Celebration of the Abundance of Creation. Jane Horton & Mary Robins
Film review Priest
Book review ‘Celebrating Women’ ed Hannah Ward, Jennifer Wild, Janet Morley.

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Christian Journal – 1995/4 – The New Economics

Christian Journal – 1995/4 – The New Economics

Bill Peters: Jubilee 2000
Ulrich Duchrow: Alternatives to the capitalist world market
Alison Barrett: Shared Interest
Paul Mills: An interest-free financial system
Economic correspondent: LETS create a new economy
Ashok Khosla: The kiss of death?
Julia Powell: Fairtrade
C Myers: The Kingdom of God, redistributive justice and ‘The Great Economy’
A J Lewis: Harvest Medley
Jean Barker: Spirit of Lindisfarne
Nigel Gower: To every stone its story
Jubilee Liturgy compiled by Kate Partridge
Book reviews ‘The Psychology of Religious Knowing’ Fraser Watts & Mark Williams
‘Bad Samaritans’ by Paul Vallely.

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Christian Journal – 1996/1 – Interfaith

Christian Journal – 1996/1 – Interfaith

Clinton Bennett: Christians, Compromise and Interfaith dialogue
Caroline MacKenzie: Rama and Sugriva, and the Woman with the Found Coin
Catriona forbes: The Well. Bottomless Love
Nadir Dinshaw: … after loving God
Anne Davison: Multi-faith life in Newham
William Steele: Bradford, a city of many faiths
Martha Dart: Quakers and Hindus
Jacqueline Tabick: The Jewish concept of God
Sashi Bala: The Sikh understanding of God
Ataullah Siddiqui: God in Islam
Janet Lees: God is a quilt maker
Kenneth Cragg: Interfaith and Biblical Concern
Paul Seabrook: Nunc Dimitis
Liturgy Prayers from different faith traditions, compiled by Kate Partridge
Book reviews ‘The People of God’ by Alwyn Marriage
‘One faith? Non-realism & the world of Faiths’ David Hart
‘Religion, Law and Society: A Christian-Muslim Discussion’ ed Tarek Mitri
‘Ultimate Visions. Reflections on the Religions we choose’ ed Martin Forward.

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Christian Journal – 1996/2 – Priesthood

Christian Journal – 1996/2 – Priesthood

Chris Peck: deluded servants?
Janet Wootton: The Priesthood of all believers
David Thompson: Lay Presidency at the Eucharist
Christine Farrington: Priesthood in post-denominational China
Michael Roberts: Priesthood
Ian Fraser: Papermill Priest
Maggi Dawn: Diary of an Ordinand
David Barlow: moving out
Antoni Pospieszalski: A personal view of priesthood
Sr Annaliese: A response to the challenge of ‘The People of God’
Jeremy Young: The Image and the Man
Jeremy Young: Surprised by angels
Geoff Smith: Prayer Walk
Liturgy I am the Resurrection. Compiled by Alwyn Marriage
Book reviews
‘The Candles are still Burning’ ed Mary Grey, Andrée Heaton & Danny Sullivan
‘Angel and me’ by Sara Maitland
Cassette review ‘Peace till the moon fails’ St Michael’s Convent, Ham Common.

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Christian Journal – 1996/3 – Dance

Christian Journal – 1996/3 – Dance

Lynn Frances: Sacred Circle Dance. A means of renewal
Kate Gregg-King: Robert Cohan’s Stabat Mater
Ella Jane Barker: Humour in Dance
Sarah Adams: Moving against the grain
Sarah Dawson: Enabled, not disabled
Alwyn Marriage: the Tripudium
Annie Elkins: T’ai-Chi Ch’uan
Elizabeth Learner: The importance of dance in the rave culture
Francis Barboza, SVD: Religion and dance in India
Alwyn Marriage: Dancing into Church
Simon Overton: Una hora
Cara Mary, SSC: Raspberry
Liturgy The Dance of the Holy Trinity. Una Kroll
Book review ‘Reaffirming the Church of England’ by Hugh Montefiore.

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Christian Journal – 1996/4 – Water

Christian Journal – 1996/4 – Water

Brian Clarke: Water – under pressure
Simon Barrow: Water. Gift or Commodity?
Richard Fernandez: Meter madness
Ray Heslop: Thirsty cities and the sanitary crisis
John Gould: Harvesting the rain
Success stories: Pumps in Nepal; Pits in Ethiopia
Ama Annan: Water and Conflict in the Nile Basin
Stephen Verney: Rivers flowing through the desert
Mike Perks: Granny is an Icon
Margaret Connor: Meeting place
Liturgy Water of Life, compiled by Michaela Morris
Reviews ‘Retrieving Fundamental Theology’ by Geoffrey O’Collins SJ
‘Human Rites’ ed Hannah Ward and Jennifer Wild
‘The Cured Arno’ by Jack Clemo.

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Christian Journal – 1997/1 – Communication

Christian Journal – 1997/1 – Communication

Dafne Plou: Global Communications Imbalance
Michael Durber: Looking for God in Babel
Graham Starling: Low-tech high-technology
Sophia Marriage and Dilip Sequeira: The Internet and the World-Wide Web
Peter Hall: A Church slowto speak
Simon Barrow: The Tabloid Pulpit
Ruth Page: The trouble with relatives
Elaine Kennedy: The Messenger
Claire Laland: Make your voice heard
Belinda Searle-Barnes: Healing beyond words
Kenneth Leech: Transforming , communicative silence
Updates from earlier issues of Christian
Andrea Mitchell: The work Christmas involves
E Leat: Unto you is born
Andrea Mitchell: Who are you?
Liturgy  WACC World Congress, Mexico.

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Christian Journal – 1997/2 – Reconciliation

Christian Journal – 1997/2 – Reconciliation

Paul Oestreicher: Reconciliation. A search for its meaning
David and Frances Hawkey: Small steps to reconciliation
Diana and John Lampen: The truth shall make you free
Shanthi Hettiarachchi: Reconciliation, a religious challenge
Nelson Kraybill: Conflict and Church Decision Making
Mary Jo Radcliffe: A reconciling symbol
Ian Johnson: Learning from Hebron
Jean Blanchard: Bird of Passage
Eric Leat: The Last Supper
Margaret Connor: Spring
Updates from earlier issues of Christian
Liturgy for Reconciliation compiled by Ruth Harvey
‘Peace in Ireland, Two States, One People’ by David Bleakley
‘Celebration. A story of suffering and joy’ by Margaret Spufford.

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Christian Journal – 1997/3 – Community

Christian Journal – 1997/3 – Community

Jeanne Hinton: Little acorns grow
Gillian Maher: Social Action to Community
Alan J Riley: Is there a European community?
Jennifer Wild: Community after Community
Colin Evans: The value of soap
Brett Webb-Mitchell: Standing in need of prayer
Gemma Simmonds, IBVM: Religious community
Jean Mayland: Reconciling the broken community of women and men in the Church
Jean Vanier: Community, a place of healing and growth
Ivy Russell: Eyes of Love
Andrea Mitchell: My cup is full
Sophie Moore: Cook me up a poem
Frances M Thomas: Prayer
Community Liturgy by Kate McIlhagga
‘The Sign of Love’ by Tim Gorringe
‘I tell you a mystery’ by Johann Christoph Arnold
‘Theology and Sociology. A reader’ ed Robin Gill
‘Dictionary of Feminist Theologies’ ed Letty Russell and Shannon Clarkson.

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Christian Journal – 1997/4 – Imprisonment

Christian Journal – 1997/4 – Imprisonment

Paul Cavadino: Purposes of Imprisonment
John R Cassayd-Smith: Thoughts on being inside
James Ozigi: Black people in prison – a cause for concern
Beverley A Lawrence Beech: Lock ‘em up – and take away the key
Peter Knapper: Shalom and Reconciliation
Hugh Marriage: Tagging -  the alternative for the Millenium
Marcel: Marcel’s story
Alison Cobb: Mental prison
Linda Hunter: Tight-rope walker
Bernard Saint: Fountain
Liturgy Prayers for prisoners of conscience, from Amnesty International
Video review ‘The Life of Lindisfarne’, Pathway Productions
Music review ‘Elements’ by Maggi Dawn
Book reviews
‘Prejudice in Religion’, ed Peter Cornwall
‘Catholicism. Hard questions’ by John Redford.

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Christian Journal – 1998/1 – Rediscovering the Bible

Christian Journal – 1998/1 – Rediscovering the Bible

Colin Greene: Rediscovering the Bible
Mona D Hooker: The words and the Word
Carlos Mesters: The Bible in the hands of the poor
Chris Peck: Razor blade or rubber hammer?
Ivana Dolejsova: The Bible as a tool for resistance
Robert Beckford: Prayer meeting hermeneutics
Kristin Ofstad: Assembling the picture
John Henson: Introducing One, version of the New Testament
Louise Swanston: A Prayer for all Seasons
Audrey Smallpiece: New Song
Liturgy prepared by Graham Maule
Video review ‘The Story Keepers’, Mowbray
Book reviews
‘James, Brother of Jesus’ by Pierre-Antoine Bernheim
‘Grace and mortgage’ by Peter Selby.

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Christian Journal – 1998/2 – International Encounter

Christian Journal – 1998/2 – International Encounter

David Cowling: From Encounter to Transformation
Jeanne Hinton: Experiencing the Church in movement
Margaret Opie-Smith: More than strangers on our doorstep
Sue Keegan von Allmen: Making mission meaningful
Mark Sanger and Heinz Hunke: Meeting in Cyberspace
Asha Cornelius: Partners in a time of change
Ann Dew: Turning the prayer wheels
Simon Barrow: Encountering otherness in Christ
Ann Lewin: Unwelcome visitor (after breast cancer)
Ann Lewin: Marked for life
Ann Lewin: Vulnerable
Margaret Connor: Late Spring
Liturgy Encountered in God – A Meditation. Ernesto Cardenal
Book reviews
‘Dancing on the Edge’ by Richard Holloway
‘God and the web of creation’ by Ruth Page.

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