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john davies
notes from a small vicar
from a parish
in Liverpool, UK

    Wednesday, June 30, 2004
    Doddy meets Walt Brueggemann in the fascinating world of Liverpool Diocese
     
    Fascinating morning with a load of vicars from urban parishes and Bishop James Jones exploring theological themes from an ecological point of view and trying to tease out their relevance to our city life. James has been onto this for some time; he took a few months out studying it and produced a primer, Jesus and the Earth which I admit up till now I've not read.

    Not that I'm unsympathetic to making these connections - if you read these pages often you'll know how themes of land, place, spirituality weave in and out in all sorts of ways; energised today on hearing a man describe his journey of discovery I've gone and bought his book on Amazon, bundled with Brueggeman's The Land: Place as Gift, Promise, and Challenge in Biblical Faith. Which will no doubt be as masterful as any other of his works.

    And I am now looking forward to our September Clergy Conference, where all the vicars in Liverpool go away for three days together. Which I wasn't previously, because, well, it's three days away with a load of vicars. But it turns out James has assembled a fascinating selection of speakers including the inspirational eco-campaigner Alastair McIntosh who I've blogged about before. And also, for our enjoyment, the revered Scouse performance poet Roger McGough, will be appearing, and, to top them all, the sainted Ken Dodd...