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malcolm chamberlain

musings about the emerging church, mission and contemporary culture...

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Monday, January 07, 2008

So 2008 is underway and it's a year of changes and new challenges for me! Just before Christmas I signed off on over 8 years of University chaplaincy to take up a new dual post at the end of January. It's a move that takes me back into parish church ministry, becoming 'priest in charge' (a term I really don't like!) of St Mary's, Wavertree in Liverpool. As has become my pattern since 1999, this is only one half of a dual post! For the other half I'll be the deanery pioneer minister for the Toxteth and Wavertree deanery, enabling and encouraging emerging church communities and fresh expressions of church in the area. This will keep me connected with the Dream network, in particular Dream in Liverpool City which meets in the Deanery, as well as giving me opportunity to hook up with some other exciting initiatives (such as this one) and joining others in dreaming up new approaches to mission in the area.

It's both exciting and daunting but it feels like a good move! The people of St Mary's are very friendly and welcoming - it's a church with a long and rich history that doesn't want to remain rooted in the past but wants to build on it in meeting the needs of its community today. I'm also really impressed by their commitment to fair trade and social justice, and look forward to belonging to this community. Watch this space to read reflections and news over the course of time!!

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posted by Malcolm Chamberlain, 11:37 AM

3 Comments:

Fantastic news - sounds like it will be an exciting and challenging year in 2008!

commented by Blogger LauraHD, 12:31 PM  

Sounds demanding but energising Malcolm. All the very best. We must get you down to NZ sometime... the wisdom and experiences you've had would be wonderful to engage with in our NZ Anglican context - we're quite some ways behind you all in the UK...

commented by Anonymous Paul Fromont, 7:03 PM  

Thanks Laura and Paul - I'm looking forward to the new challenges!

Paul... yes please!! I'd love to return to NZ at some point - it's only finances that stop me! I had a great time in 2004 when I came over fr a couple of months as part of my study leave, which is when I first encountered Spirited Exchanges and met Alan and Jenny. So if there are any opportunities to return... count me in!

commented by Blogger Malcolm Chamberlain, 12:48 PM  

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