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

    Wednesday, October 02, 2002
    Linda's just begun her Youth Ministry course at Ridley Hall; only two years after I left. Significant - the entire Davies generation gets an unprecedented, unexpected Cambridge education! It's less unexpected that it's a church education, though.

    I look forward to hearing how her Centre for Youth Ministry (CYM) course balances theology, churchy stuff and wider youth work principles. I've seen it on CYM's library shelves and I'd relish the chance to analyse Paulo Friere's Pedagogy of the Oppressed in our present missionary context, and to take steps, like I haven't for a decade, towards 'doing church' in the light of such liberation principles.

    I also look forward to hearing whether the food's improved and how CYM liberationists (should they exist after hours of dense and difficult Friere) respond to the oppressive college culture which seeks to crush the free spirit and introduce everyone to a croquet-playing comfort zone they feel disinclined to escape from.... or maybe it's only the trainee clergy who fall for that.