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Church in the dock? Bravo to Bradford!

13 May 2009


From the Revd Janet Fife

Sir, — I am delighted to read of Bradford’s new court chaplaincy (News, 8 May). Some years ago, when I was a university chaplain, a student of ours was murdered. I supported her family and friends through the three-week Crown Court trial, and found many people anxious to speak to a chaplain.

These included police, court officials, and defendants and victims from other trials as well as the people I was there to support.

It is not surprising: in courts, the the mind is wonderfully concen­trated on issues of life, death, truth, lies, guilt, punishment, and forgiveness — and hours are spent waiting around.

This is an opportunity for mission and ministry the Church must not miss, and I spent some months vainly trying to persuade church leaders of the need. Bravo the Bradford chaplaincy, and long may it thrive.

The Vicarage
Cheshire SK10 3HT

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