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Ministering at the margins

Paul Wilkinson investigates the Church’s efforts in reaching out to travelling communities

“THERE is a great opportunity that I don’t think the Bishops have really begun to respond to,” says the St Albans diocesan Chaplain to Gypsies, Travellers, and Roma, the Revd Martin Burrell.

He was appointed in 2015 to minister to these minorities that, often shunned by the “settled” popu­­­­la­tion and lumped together as if they were a homogeneous group, have distinctly different back­grounds.

Although many Gypsies have been here for centuries, ...

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