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Ordinands on air

14 June 2013

IT MAKES a much more positive story than the "dwindling congregations" cliché so beloved of secular journalists. The BBC Three Counties Radio station picked up a report from the St Albans diocesan newspaper that record numbers of people were offering themselves for ordination, and decided to interview some of them.

Helen Legh (above, right) who produces the Sunday-morning programme that covers Bedfordshire, Hertfordshire, and Buckinghamshire, enjoyed the responses so much, I am told, that she ran interviews over six successive weeks in April and May, and also interviewed the diocesan director of ordinands, the Revd Sue Groom.

Three of those interviewed included (left to right) Josh Young, at Ripon College, Cuddesdon; Peter Crumpler, on the Easter Region Ministry Course; and Alison Jackson, at St Mellitus College. "The topics ranged from our thoughts on wearing clerical collars to the challenges facing the church today," Mr Crumpler, the former director of communications in Church House, Westminster, says.

"All of us are enjoying our academic training and wider formation, and it was good to talk together about our vocations. Who knows? Our interviews may prompt others to think about their calling, whether to ordination or other forms of ministry, licensed or not."

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