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

    Tuesday, June 19, 2007
    Unpacking Paroikia
     
    The concept of the 'parish' arose from ideas of exile. Paroikia (1 Pet. 1:17) is translated as 'exile' (Revised Standard Version) and 'living away from home' (Jerusalem Bible) or 'strangers' (New International Version). How sad that many today see the notion of 'parish' as equivalent to a place which exists only for the 'settled'.
    So writes Kenneth Leech in Doing Theology in Altab Ali Park. It's a brief paragraph pregnant with meaning and tomorrow I hope to tease some of that meaning from him in a lunchtime gathering at Liverpool Cathedral. Honoured. Watch this space.