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Author: Simon Jenkins

Book launches for Holy Communion in Contagious Times

The UK launch for my new book, Holy Communion in Contagious Times, took place on 21 January at Southwark Cathedral – and also online in a Zoom meeting (pictured above) – where several people spoke very kindly and generously about the book. A recording of the launch (in four parts) is now available on my

Desmond Tutu

Ever since the current Archbishop of Cape Town announced the death of Desmond Tutu early on Boxing Day, the many tributes being paid often begin with words such as activist, campaigner, protester, fighter or opponent. Yet these popular descriptions miss the heart of the person that I knew over more than four decades, someone who insisted on ‘being’ before ‘doing’, contemplation before action, or who said he wanted to be a ‘quietist’ more than an activist.

Cannonball moments

It’s the 500th anniversary of Ignatius of Loyola being knocked off his feet by a cannonball and being forced to lie down with his legs up, taking stock of his life, over the summer months of 1521. Check out the video below for an introduction to this Ignatian year. Because the cannonball moment was what

Review of Christobiography by Craig Keener

The debate about the biographical genre of the Gospels is alive and well, with several major books coming out at the moment. Here’s my review of Craig Keener’s massive Christobiography, just published in Theology. Back in the late 1990s, I started to receive books with personal dedications in a spidery scrawl, saying nice things about

Retiring as Dean of King’s College London

Professor Sir Edward Byrne AC, President & Principal of King’s College London, wrote as follows about my retirement as Dean of King’s College London in 2019. The Revd Canon Professor Richard Burridge will be retiring at the end of this academic year from his role as Dean of King’s College London. At his appointment in