SIR – I was very impressed with the inspirational sermon preached by the presiding bishop of the US Episcopal Church, the Most Reverend Michael Curry, at Saturday’s royal wedding ceremony. I only wish that many of our own Anglican clergy and bishops were as enthusiastic and passionate in their addresses. Bishop Curry gave the listeners a challenging message that came from the heart of a deeply spiritual man who really believes in the teaching of Christ as a powerful way to transform society through love. He would not have been out of place in a Pentecostal church setting, and this is why denominations such as these are thriving today. The Church of England needs to move out of its straitjacket... To continue reading this article Start your free trial of Premium Access all Premium articles Subscriber-only events Cancel any time Free for 30 days then only £2 per week Try Premium Access one Premium article per week Register for … [Read more...] about Letters: The straitjacketed Church of England can learn from the inspirational royal wedding sermon
It was a bleak Saturday afternoon in Birmingham just before Christmas 1985. Along with thousands of other puzzled spectators, I was wandering about outside St Andrew’s where I was covering Birmingham City’s First Division match against Watford for the Sunday Telegraph. Midway through the second half, a police inspector had strode on to the pitch and stopped the game. The IRA had phoned through a bomb warning and the stadium was cleared while the police searched it. Several similar threats had been phoned to First Division clubs that day and the rest had all carried on. But Birmingham still vividly remembered the IRA bomb that had killed 21 people and injured 182 others at the city’s Mulberry Bush pub in November 1974. The extraordinary thing was, however, that the football match was not abandoned. For an hour, spectators milled around outside as police checked the now empty stadium. Satisfied that there was no explosive device in the ground, they then allowed fans to … [Read more...] about A look back at the ‘inspirational’ former Derby captain Reg Ryan
Meet the inspirational kids who have faced more in their young years than most adults do in a lifetime. And, even though they are fighting life threatening illnesses, they continue to smile through their adversity. Now they have earned themselves deserving Bravehearts awards at a ceremony at St James’ Park in Newcastle. And the annual event saw these children receive the recognition they so richly deserve. This year 23 children from locations across Teesside, the North-east and Cumbria took great pride in receiving a Bravehearts crystal plinth and a gift of their choice, in recognition of the courage and strength they have shown in battling illness. Arriving in a line of limousines, each young Braveheart has a humbling story to tell. They have their own personal battle and find their own particular way of coping. The ceremony was hosted by charity trustee Chris Metcalfe and the 23 awards were presented by BBC Look North Presenter Carol Malia and Newcastle United legend and former … [Read more...] about The inspiring Teesside children who received Bravehearts awards
PUBLISHED: 07:41 22 April 2018 | UPDATED: 07:41 22 April 2018 Former army oficer Lizzie Rosewell is running 15 marathons in 15 days (finishing with the London Marathon) to raise cash for the Army Benevolent Fund. Picture: GREGG BROWN Archant Charity runners from Suffolk and Essex will join more than 40,000 at the starting line of today’s London Marathon - here are a few of the inspiring stories behind them. Janine Simpson, from Colchester, is looking to complete her 100th marathon in London on Sunday. ERIC SHAW/GREAT BENTLEY RUNNING CLUB If you are taking part, we would love to see your pictures. Send them to [email protected] Pupils at St Helens Primary School help Mr Jarvis with his last training run. Picture: RICHARD LANGRIDGE Former army officer Lizzie Rosewell, 39, from Kedington, will be taking on her 15th marathon in 15 days when she lines up for today’s London Marathon. To make the challenge more difficult, she has taken it on alone - carrying her … [Read more...] about Here are some of the inspiring charity runners from Suffolk and Essex taking part in today’s London Marathon
THE woman who went out of her way to support a seriously injured teenager, the caring, charismatic headteacher and the girl from Norris Green who made a failing school outstanding - they’re among the inspirational teachers honoured by the ECHO’s School Awards. Now we’re on a mission to find more terrific teachers, sensational support staff and super students making their mark in education. Download your entry form here: Has an amazing teacher helped change the life of your child or grandchild? Have you been inspired by one of your teachers? Or is your college tutor a class act who deserves some recognition? It’s time to let us know about your Merseyside school stars and put their name in lights. The award categories & entry criteria are listed below The first winner of the very first School Support Staff of the Year category was Stephanie Carter, sixth form administrator at Belvedere Academy in Toxteth. Judges were told how caring Stephanie went out of her … [Read more...] about ECHO Schools Awards 2018: Let’s find the inspiring, caring and achieving heroes in our classrooms!