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Minister’s Letter - October 2017

Dear Friends,

The September Calendar came out just before I made the announcement that I am leaving and so this is my first chance to write a Minister's Letter with that in mind.

As I said that Sunday I have been Minister of Bank Street Chapel for nine years, and it has been eleven years since I first came here as a ministry student. It has been a really wonderful time and a very fruitful ministry and I feel very lucky to have been here. But I feel there is a calling to move on.

I have been appointed minister with Cardiff Unitarians/ Undodiaid Caerdydd and Unitarian missionary in the city of Cardiff. This will be a very different role as I serve a small congregation without a building and work on an experimental outreach ministry to the city. This is the kind of work I've always been interested in and as I have carefully and prayerfully considered it I have felt a calling to go into this work.

Although I am excited by new challenges it will be a huge emotional wrench to leave you all. This town, this chapel, and this community hold a very special place in my heart. The love and support you have shown me means so much to me. You are a loving and good-humoured people. This Chapel, at it's best, is a shining light of God's love in the world. But it will be another minister's job to lead you into the next chapter of your history.

My last service will be Sunday 19th November. There will be plenty more chances to say our goodbyes before then. But I probably can't say this often enough: thank you. It has been a great privilege to be your minister.

In peace and love.



October's Theme: Humanity and Identity

Recommended Spiritual Practices

Journaling: Keeping a journal or diary is one of the most reliable spiritual practices that allows you to reflect on your life, who you are, and where you are going.

Theme Resources

Books (non-fiction):

Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind by Yuval Noah Harari. A wide ranging book surveying the history of Homo sapiens, from the plains of Africa to the present day and beyond.

Books about our Unitarian identity:

The Unitarian Life by Stephen Lingwood. A thematic collection of Unitarian writings from the past and present. The easiest way to find Unitarian writing on lots of topics.

For Faith and Freedom: A Short History of Unitarianism in Europe by Charles Howe.

A Responsible Society: The Life and Times of the Congregation of Bank Street Chapel, Bolton, Lancashire (Unitarian) by G. M. Ramsden. The history of our own congregation.

Books (fiction):

The Color Purple by Alice Walker. Award winning book telling the story of a young black woman in the American deep south, seeking and fighting for her own identity.

Books (for young children):

Elmer by David McKee. Elmer the elephant worries that he's different from the other elephants, but discovers that he must be himself.


The Color Purple (1985). Steven Spielberg directed film based on the book of the same name.

The Infidel (2010). British comedy about a Muslim man who discovers that he was adopted, and that he may, in fact, be Jewish.

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