Ordained Pioneer Minister starts out building a fresh expression
in Rochester. On September 6th I was ordained in Rochester Cathedral.
I have an elaborate job title of 'Pioneer Curate'. I am the curate
on the staff of the cathedral and I am being trained in everything
that a Church of England curate needs to be trained in - such
as learning how to deacon at the Eucharist, process, preaching,
funerals, baptisms and so on. For some Anglicans that would be
normal stuff, but coming from my 'low church' background of St.
Mark's Gillingham alongside around 14 years
of working with Youth for Christ it was quite a culture shock."
used to love seeing masel as part of the emerging church until
about 4 years ago. However, three things, began to crack and slowly
dislodge my identification with all things emerging - in both
church and the wider uk society, and propel me back out into scotland.
The resulting relationship between me, christianity and the land
around me here has changed beyond all recognition.. my faith,
my trust has returned again, not just in God but in my roots;
the estates I grew up with, the place itself, the land, the people;
its colourful mix of natives and newcomers, industries, even creation
itself - lost friends regained - all of it is my church now..."
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are you at? - Iím on some kind of threshold. Liminal space. And
Iím trying to work out whether this is the passage to some place
new, or whether I have to get used to living on the threshold.
We are, after all, caught between a world that is passing, and
a world that is to come. Uncertainty rules."
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