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A healthy clergy

08 September 2010


From Dr C. H. Morgan
Sir, — The American Methodist Church is to be commended on its funding to support the health and well-being of its ministers (News, 3 September).

The matter is under just as much scrutiny in the Anglican Church, where there have been over the past two summers think tanks focusing on clergy well-being.

What is, however, important is that interventions to improve clergy health both take on board the importance of health-promotion and evidence-based strategies to help deal with the presenting problems of, for example, obesity.

As an occupational-health doctor, I am currently engaged in an M.Sc. research project looking at both the fundamental issue of fitness for ministry in the first place, and a consideration of the health problems that beset the clergy.

I would hope for the views of the wider Church to feed into this process through the pages of this publication. We have as much a responsibility for those who serve as for those whom we seek to serve.
19 Hazel Tree Close, Radyr
Cardiff CF15 8RS


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