Trinity on the Trinity

16 August 2013

IT WAS Trinity Sunday in the parish of Coley, Wakefield diocese, when father, son, and grandson all preached on the Trinity: the Revd John Allison on the Father; Canon James Allison (whose parish it is) on the Son; and Ben Allison, who has just been accepted at Cranmer Hall, Durham, on the Holy Spirit. For the sake of the congregation, Mr Allison says, they were all very brief.

But their coming together had yet more symbolism, in view of the uniting of the three Yorkshire dioceses into one diocese of Leeds, after a debate in the General Synod in which Canon Allison made his maiden speech.

The Revd John Allison, who will be 80 this year, and was ordained only ten years ago, after many years as a Reader, is retired, in Bradford diocese; Canon Allison is in Wakefield diocese; and Ben Allison is currently in Ripon & Leeds. Soon, the Allison trinity will also be united.

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