last updated 2013-04-29
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I’m 18 years old, born on April 1st 1994, and none of my relatives are actually Christians. It took me a while to be courageous enough to be myself, but happily arrived in my local Anglican Church (St Michael & All Angels) when I was 15 years old. I spent a happy three years before moving to Wales to study in university…
I graduated from Marple College with A Levels in English Literature, Religious Studies, and Classical Civilisation. I am now a student of BA Theology in the University of Wales: Trinity Saint David, Lampeter (years 2012-2015).
What kind of Christian, what kind of Anglican?
I’m a Liberal myself in the highish end of the Church of England. I love older hymns alongside a church organ as well as quiet spaces for prayer opposed to modern praise music with a band. I’m for gay marriage, for gender equality – obviously -, for openness and continual growing, for open communion, for love. Whilst I find myself very uncomfortable in an evangelical setting, I make various trips to meet with those of other faiths and traditions in the hope of bringing a little more unity in our divided world.
My “conversion moment” would probably come down to my 8 year old self standing under a cherry blossom tree (post here). I attended my first Sunday service on the 12th July 2009, was baptised on 25th October 2009, confirmed on 5th December 2010, served for the first time on April 20th 2011, and preached for the first time on 22nd January 2012.
I am an ordinand (wanna-be priest) in the Diocese of Chester, with a potential BAP (Bishops’ Advisory Panel) in the summer of 2014.
I play the piano, the (left-handed) acoustic guitar and the harmonica. I am very passionate about music. Favourite musicians? To name a few: Ludovico Einaudi, Jimmy Eat World, Bon Iver, Jack Johnson, Muse, Imogen Heap.
A lot of my time is spent reading (some favourites here), and my ever-increasing collection now means that I am never short of something to read, or re-read, to be inspired from. Etymology fascinates me and deepens my understanding and love of scriptural passages, so I recommend studying the “roots” of things. I am also a big film lover (see my recommended films page for some of my favourites).
I love scenic views and exploring, and hope to continue to improve my photography skills. I also hope to make many returns to the Lake District, and maybe if I’m up to it I’ll go back to Switzerland (where I once fell part-way down a mountain) and that time round I’ll avoid falling to my peril!