Peter Ould inhabits a very different part of the Church of England, and we differ hugely on issues of sexuality, gender and the process by which Christ’s salvation works, but we both proclaim that Jesus Christ is Lord and have a great mutual respect for each other. He is a true brother in Christ as we both seek to build the Kingdom.
It was therefore very flattering to see him list me in a one to watch list for 2013. Utterly undeserved, of course, but that a colleague with whom I occasionally disagree yet respect hugely should say this is affirming. Thank you, Peter.
Of course, he is utterly wrong on the purple issue – to be one of those you need discretion, political nous, skills in oratory and flattery and as all of my friends know, that ain’t me.
The other names are of course much more deserving interesting and significant. Watch them, and pray for me: parish priesthood is my calling, mission is my life. Let us meet with Christ together in his holy and blessed sacraments…