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Martyn Percy: Radical Rebel and Diversifed Theologian

By: on June 6, 2019

Ian S. Markham, Dean and President of Virginia Theological Seminary[1] and Joshua Daniel, candidate for Holy Orders in the Diocese of Arkansas[2] enrapture their readers with a riveting narrative in their opening observation. They assert: To step into the world of Martin Percy is to step into a world of faith, church, music, culture, the…

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On Being Salty

By: on June 6, 2019

Like many faithful pilgrims, one of my favorite places in the world is the region of the Holy Land. The climate and topography that spans from the below sea level dry Judean wilderness to the lush landscapes and rolling hills of Galilee, with grape vines, olive trees, and sprawling bougainvillea. The ancient stories of the…

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Via Media – The Middle Way

By: on June 6, 2019

For 10 years I was the chaplain and counselor of an Anglican boys’ school in Wellington, New Zealand. New Zealand is a nation much like other parts of Western Europe where less than 4% of the population have any meaningful connection to a church community and most young people are more than two generations away…

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Dr. Percy, I Presume?

By: on June 6, 2019

There is a memorable scene from the history of the 19th-century European colonial exploration of Africa. Sir Henry Morton Stanley had been deployed from England and had trekked across East Africa searching for missionary and explorer David Livingstone. After months of searching, he finally found him, and according to the story, he famously says, “Dr. Livingstone,…

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Rise in Strength Global Consultation

By: on June 6, 2019

I just returned home from the RISE in Strength—Global Consultation for Women in International Christian Leadership, which was sponsored by the World Evangelical Alliance and the Lausanne Conference. Meeting for four days in Amsterdam, sixty women from every continent and many different denominational backgrounds gathered to discuss how to reach the unreached and serve the…

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The Radical Martyn Percy

By: on June 6, 2019

I have a feeling I will really like Martyn Percy when I meet him in Oxford as much as many of the authors in the book edited by Ian Markham and Joshua Daniel called Reasonable Radical?: Reading the Writings of Martyn Percy. He appears to be quite a frontrunner when it comes to his views…

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Dean of Oxford, Martyn Percy, faces removal from office

By: on June 4, 2019

My heart is heavy. I cannot imagine what this week’s author has been through in the past 6 months. I am not sure we will get to meet him in London while we are there. Before I could even get to a review of our author, I found this… The website churchtimes.co.uk has reported the…

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Parenting and Church Growth

By: on June 2, 2019

The reading this week has touched mainly on the reality of our day to day life of the mother raising her children and the  Clergy’s role in the church and community. I remember when we were growing our first born girl, my wife was prudent to follow what nurses guided her at the hospital where…

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The Church as Family

By: on June 2, 2019

The Rev Canon Dr. Emma Percy has studied history in Cambridge, theology in Durham, and serves as Chaplain and Welfare Dean at Trinity College, University of Oxford. Yet, in her book What Clergy Do: Especially When it Looks Like Nothing, it is quite clear that her best training to become a priest in the Church…

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Reflections on Managing Change

By: on June 2, 2019

This week’s text by Emma Percy is one that resonates deeply with me in my vocation and personal life. Percy’s book, What Clergy Do: Especially when it Looks Like Nothing, uses the metaphor of mothering to relate to parish priests and their role as caretakers and disciple makers. Indeed, this week, the text not only…

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You Are The Change, Do It Anyway.

By: on June 1, 2019

To visit members of my church, I have to go over open sewer and jump over piles of garbage and the alleys are very narrow to get to the houses, not to mention the risk of being cut by the sharp edges of the rusty tin that they use to make the houses. As I…

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Mothering as an Example

By: on June 1, 2019

When I picked up What Clergy Do: Especially When It Looks Like Nothing by Emma Percy I expected another book on possibly pastor burn out, or a defense of paying pastors to pastor, not what I read. At first, I will admit the topic caught me a bit off guard. It did so, not because I…

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How Pastoring is like Mothering

By: on May 31, 2019

Emma Percy draws on her Ph.D. work and experience as a priest to describe how Church of England parish priests might function – using the model and language of motherhood. The reviewer found the female perspective a fresh alternative to the plethora of male perspective dominated writings. Despite the title, the reviewer felt the allegory…

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Good Enough Ministry

By: on May 31, 2019

Doctor and Nurse Something must be lost in the translation. In the book, What Clergy Do: Especially When it Looks Like Nothing, by Emma Percy, she describes “Good Enough Mothering” and uses it as a metaphor for “Good Enough Parish Priests” (Percy 2014, 38). Being good enough is not a compliment, and in today’s culture of leadership excellence,…

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Now what do I do?

By: on May 31, 2019

Having just emerged from the aftermath of the suicide of an 18 year old girl from our church, it was a little odd reading a book titled, What Clergy Do. Especially when it looks like nothing.[1] In truth, I almost couldn’t be bothered reading it. My daughter is 18 too, so it was too close…

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Life finds a way

By: on May 31, 2019

The first time I watched the movie Jurassic Park I really disliked the character of Dr. Ian Malcolm (played by Jeff Goldblum). He was cocky and a little too suave for his own good and worse yet he was not the order loving Dr. Alan Grant. Dr. Malcolm’s area of study is Chaos Theory, which…

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What did you say my job was?

By: on May 31, 2019

It is interesting while reading through “What Clergy Do,” just how similar and yet, how different the various religious groups see their role as minister. Aside from the obvious male/female perspective in this read, there were also a variety of differences that were based upon the traditions and practices of the Church of England[1] as…

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No lunch today

By: on May 31, 2019

It is finished. I made it. Another school year has come to an end in the Davis house. Since both my husband and I work in higher education while we parent 3 sons, May is full of triumphs and failures. I attend commencements, board meetings, banquets, pinning ceremonies, commissioning, award ceremonies, field days, sports banquets,…

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