The Churches Together in St Albans service this year will be held at 6.30pm on Sunday 20th January 2019 at 6.30pm at Marlborough Road Methodist Church.
Rosemary has invited an old friend Bishop Michael Doe to preach at the CTSA Service at MRMC on 20th January 2019 at 6.30pm. Rosemary and Michael worked together in Swindon 1994-96 and James worked under Michael at USPG in 2011. Whilst Rosemary and James were in Sri Lanka, USPG was one of the funding partners of the College where they worked. They have a long ecumenical history together. Here is Michael’s biography.
Bishop Michael Doe is, in retirement, the Preacher to Gray's Inn and an Assistant Bishop in the Anglican Diocese of Southwark. He has worked ecumenically nationally (with the British Council of Churches) and locally (in the Blackbird Leys LEP). When he was Bishop of Swindon (1994-2004) over half the parishes in the town were in formal ecumenical relationships, and during this time he also chaired Churches Together in England. He has co-chaired national talks with the Methodist and Baptist Churches, and is currently involved in a number of ecumenical initiatives around Economic and Tax Justice, and with Israel/Palestine. From 2004 until his retirement in 2011, Michael was General Secretary of USPG- Anglicans in World Mission.
On retirement – Michael writes: I'm leading next year's Diocesan course for those about to retire - my advice is always: decide what kind of ministry (or perhaps none) that you want to exercise in retirement, agree that with your partner first, and then choose a place where the local Church, at least under present leadership, will make that possible. Far too many clergy choose a place where they would like to live and then spend the rest of their days complaining that the church there doesn't meet their offers or needs. (Two illustrations from Wiltshire: Salisbury, where there are so many retired clergy that no-one less than a Archdeacon got a look in, and Swindon, where there were only two or three and they were rushed off their feet)