‘Place’ is back on the agenda today, with news stories being dominated by questions of local belonging and cultural identity. Andrew Rumsey’s new book, ‘Parish’, is a timely consideration of how parochialism has fostered a distinctive sense of place, for better and for worse. In particular, it considers how the blend of secular and sacred life enshrined in the English parish system has played a governing role in shaping present day communities. As political and environmental debate increasingly links the global to the local, has the parish’s time come again? The Rev Dr Andrew Rumsey is a seasoned Greenbelt speaker and author of Parish: An Anglican Theology of Place.