Welcome and thanks for visiting! updated October '13
I'm retired after forty years of Church ministry - serving inner city and housing estate parishes, teaching theology, publishing and lecturing, and most recently 18 years as a Bishop in the Church of England. What's happening now? Among other things:
* Championing Social Housing Estate ministry
* Visiting India - supporting empowerment projects
* Bishop Visitor to a Anglican Benedictine Convent
* Challenging the Church to be Liberational!
This website and Facebook page is my small way of sharing some of the excitement so please enjoy! Click subjects on the left or click on the photo above for my email.
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Go well, and God Bless.
ESTATE CHURCHES CONFERENCE
We have been experiencing the annual run of conferences for the NECN (the National Estate Churches Network) first in London and on 24th October in Manchester. Large turnouts from experts in housing estate ministry has meant that the interaction and discussions have proved very insightful. Still time to book Manchester.. send me an email - click here.
Did you know they are advertising for a Church of England priest aimed at exploring what authentic church might look like on some of our deprived estates and developing some appropriate patterns of ministry and mission.
The post is made up of half time parish priest at St Thomas’ Kirkholt (of Vanstone renown) and half time Mission Support Priest for the Rochdale Deanery, focussing on Kirkholt and some of the estates in Rochdale. Contact Archdeacon of Rochdale for more details by clicking here. Go well! Laurie Green
REAL MONEY OR ECONOMICS?
An interesting debate today on how mathematicians have made great contribution to the financial sector of western society. But will smart mathematical models lead to 'good' economics. In my book economics is about money (call me naive?) And money is essentially a symbol of human relationship - I give you this coin and you give me your commodity. But the way we use these coins/notes/cheques indicates the quality or otherwise of our relationships. I can rip you off or I can give generously. I can use my coinage to oppress or to release. So economics for me is fundamentally a spiritual exercise - Mathematicians yes, but let's have a spiritual mathematics.
CLONES FOR CHRIST?
Yesterday I had privilege of speaking at the Rochester Diocesan Training gathering. Exciting breadth of experience amongst those preparing for ordained and lay ministries. I pray they will stay fresh and not let the institution conform them to its classist and 'superior' ways - but yesterday they were really being treasured and nurtured in the right way by those who have the training responsibility. The temptations of ministry and mission are so very great (signalled for us in the three desert Temptations of Christ) but many a mission and ministry guru seem to want us to convert to their own particular style of faith - 'Clones for Christ - rather than look for what the Holy Spirit is already up to in a life and go with that. It was a joy to be with these inspired and inspiring people!
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Click Big Issues for Women Bishops and Gay Marriage
“The Church Established”??
I recently heard a bishop friend of mine on Radio say that if gay couples are allowed to ‘marry’, this would cause difficulties for the Church regarding its place as the ‘established’ church. It made me wonder what he meant by ‘established’.
He seemed to be talking about the CofE’s relationship to the Queen, Parliament, and the complexities of British government! But surely to be truly the established Church of England should mean that any ordinary person living in England can feel that this is their Church – so they know they can walk into any parish church and feel in their heart that this is the place for them. It represents the People of this Land before their God. That’s why the CofE is so broad in its understandings, varied in its worshipping practice and open to new cultural ways. Whereas to know that the relationship between the CofE and the creaking structures of the establishment go hand in hand separates the Church from its people, for it does not include the likes of you and me!
Bishop Laurie's book Let's Do Theology is now also published in Chinese! For more book news click here --> My Books