GUEST POST:// Jo Allen is a final year ordinand at Wycliffe Hall and a mixed-mode ordinand in Oxford Diocese. A wife and mum to three children, she’s called to pioneering and rural ministry and will continue to explore both once she’s ordained next Petertide. *** As I drive home from dropping my three children off … More Pioneering, Church-Planting, Ordination-Training, AND raising a family – Who Knew?!
On the 20th November 1991, my mum went to the GP. She was pregnant, it was five weeks until her due date of Christmas Eve and she was in for a routine check-up. The GP said to her that it was highly unlikely the baby would arrive anywhere near on time, in fact, the baby … More Just Wait
A few weeks ago, I took part in a vocations event for my Diocese. Someone asked me during the Q&A ‘What has your first year of training been like?’ I let out the international signal for ‘I don’t want to answer this question’ which is speaking at a very high pitch. But I was honest, … More Look, Sometimes Ordination Training Is Just Hard
GUEST POST:// Olivia Haines is a Lancashire lass who roamed Europe as the daughter of an army chaplain before settling down back in the city of her birth. Olivia is a 2nd year ordinand at St Mellitus College North West . Her week is split between lectures at Liverpool Cathedral, studying at home, and placement at … More Revealing Me In The Desert Place
Imagine the scene: it’s 520-ish BCE and you’re in Jerusalem. It’s amazing that you’re there at all. Seventy-odd years earlier, the Babylonian Empire had swept through Jerusalem, forced the people of Israel into exile, and torn down the Lord’s house, the temple. But now, you’re back. The Babylonian Empire has been defeated, and the Persian … More Hope For A Broken Nation – Lessons in Rebuilding
A fun game my fellow trainee priests and I like to play is ‘What’s Your Favourite Heresy?’ I’m quite a fan of Pelagianism myself. This is the heresy that original sin did not corrupt human beings and that we don’t need God’s help in knowing good from evil. It’s since evolved to become the view … More No Trick, All Treat
I’m delighted to be a finalist for Multi-Author Blog of the Year at the Premier Digital Awards! Thank you so much to all who nominated me and especially to all who have contributed to ‘Confessions of a Trainee Vicar’ – you are great! Ordinands, why not write for the blog? Get in touch. *** A … More Interview: A Life Less Ordinand