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31 May 2024

Mrs Win Burton writes:

THE Revd Marc Lenders (Gazette, 26 April) was a very private person, but a caring and understanding pastor, with tremendous faith, and passionate convictions and insights, particularly for opening channels to enable the voiceless to be heard in centres of power.

He will be remembered by many in the British Churches as the human interface for what was often seen wrongly as a faceless European bureaucracy, opening up that labyrinth for church leaders, parishioners, trade unionists, and those championing migrants and developing countries.

In retirement, Marc was working right to the end on a theological treatise on our care for the planet.

The story of the Ecumenical Centre and Marc’s legacy is published in the book The European Vision and the Churches, available from the WCC/Globethics department.

Canon Brian Stevenson writes:
Canon Ivor Smith-Cameron (Gazette, 19 April and 17 May) made waves wherever he went. He was very much involved with USPG in the 1990s and frequently attended the annual conferences, at which he made vigorous speeches on behalf of the Churches in Africa and India. In a sleepy session, he woke us up with his passion for justice and generosity. I first met him at Butlins in Clacton in 1971, where the Southwark diocese held its Summer Jamboree. I was in the swimming pool when he dived in — in a tremendous bellyflop which soaked me and everyone else at the deep end. He knew how to make an entry.

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