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

    Saturday, March 05, 2005
    David Sheppard - thank you
    David Sheppard, former Bishop of Liverpool, died at 7pm this evening, a day before what would have been his 76th birthday. He had been suffering from cancer for some time. He passed away peacefully at home surrounded by his friends and family.
    The man with a passion for the urban who inspired me early to relate my faith to the gritty struggles of city life; the man whose insistence that God had a bias to the poor struck me deeply; the man who lived ecumenism and with Derek Worlock transformed this divided city; the man who confirmed me into the Anglican church and later blessed me on my way into ministry with a gentle prayer in his living room... a massive, massive influence.