Florence Nightingale

Florence Nightingale

On the 13th of August the Church of England commemorates the life, work, and faith of Florence Nightingale OM RRC DStJ. It is no hyperbole that the nursing profession as we know it today exists largely because of Florence Nightingale. Florence was born on 12 May 1820...
St Thomas the Apostle

St Thomas the Apostle

To me, St Thomas is a larger than life figure, who was not the sort to let his master (Jesus) get away with something that he, Thomas, did not understand. No doubt (forgive the pun) we, as Christians, should be thankful for Thomas’s enquiring mind and questions, as...
Evelyn Underhill

Evelyn Underhill

Christianity is a religion which concerns us as we are here and now, creatures of body and soul. We do not “follow the footsteps of his most holy life” by the exercise of a trained religious imagination, but by treading the firm, rough earth, up hill and...
Julian of Norwich

Julian of Norwich

The Saint of the Month for May, I thought, should be Julian of Norwich. There were several that I could have written about but with our recent situation I thought she would be perhaps someone we could identify with. The words that on reading struck me were these: For...
Dietrich Bonhoeffer

Dietrich Bonhoeffer

Dietrich Bonhoeffer was a German evangelical pastor, theologian, anti-Nazi dissident, and key founding member of the Confessing Church. His writings on Christianity’s role in the secular world have become widely influential, and his book The Cost of Discipleship...
Thomas Cranmer

Thomas Cranmer

If you have a spare moment in church before a service your gaze may have alighted on occasions upon the very first page of the Green Order of Service booklet. The page contains an extract from the preface to the ‘Declaration of Assent’ which is made by Deacons,...