A page with some of my papers and articles. Click the bulleted links to jump to the place on the page:
• MA in Christian Spirituality
• Assistant Area/Rural Deans
• Father’s Day sermon at St. Paul’s Cathedral
• BBC Sunday Breakfast 1 Minute sermon ‘Get up with Gav’, on Robin Hood
On visits to Aotearoa/New Zealand as a family, first in 1991, we were powerfully influenced by the (then) new integrated Maori/English Prayerbook of the Anglican Church in New Zealand. Later, in 2000, on a three-month visit and parish exchange, I was able to do some preliminary study at St. John’s College, Auckland.
On returning to Britain, I continued that studying, and in 2003 I gained an MA (Master of Arts) in Christian Spirituality at the University of London’s Heythrop College.
My main thesis was on Maori & Celtic Christian Spirituality. I’m not sure at one level that Heythrop is the best place to study that subject as my main thesis: being at the antipodes of NZ, not many lecturers knew much of Maori spirituality; and as a Jesuit-founded college, they hate Celtic theology! Having said that, there is much more to the course than just those two themes.
The dissertation and my other essays are available to download here:
After I had been working for some time as an Assistant Rural Dean in the East Grinstead Deanery, I was asked to write something about my thinking and experience. It was first published as a booklet in 2007 by Parish & People as one of a couple of articles on the subject under the title Associate Area Deans, and is still available from them as a published document.
My original text is also available as a download here.
The text of the sermon I was invited to preach at St Paul’s Cathedral Evensong on what turned out to be both Father’s day, and also the commemoration of Evelyn Underhill. Further details on this linked page.
The text of my broadcast about Robin Hood, and a possible precursor to that archetypal seeker for the justice of the poor, in Jesus. Further details on the this linked page.