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Worker-priests’ gift

11 July 2014


From the Revd Michael Allen

Sir, - The debate on non-stipendiary/self-supporting ministry (Comment, 20 June; Letters, 27 June) seems to have missed a key point, that it is, first, a gift to the world of work, and to walking with lay people in their callings. When I was a worker-priest in the 1960 and '70s, it was seen as a pioneer ministry. Some still have that vision, but the Church and some such ministers have domesticated SSMs to keeping the parish system going.

8 Grenville Rise
Nottingham NG5 8EW

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