Reports from some Recent Recipients of FML Study


The following pages contain a selection of reports from recent recipients of FML study grants. These are listed on this page with a brief indication of their content. Click the link to access the report you are interested in reading.

Rev Christine Hall - Christine spent three months in Canada in the autumn of 2007 as part of her training for ordained Ministry in the Church of England. The original purpose was to study aboriginal liturgy and spirituality in the Diocese of Rupert’s Land, mainly in the city of Winnipeg Manitoba, but she extended the trip to include a three week placement at Christ Church Cathedral in Vancouver, and found time to visit Toronto (at the beginning) and Churchill (in the middle). Her statement of aims and objectives reads as follows:

'My main aims and objectives were:
• To investigate the Liturgies of the First Nation Peoples and examine how their spirituality is expressed (or not) in those Liturgies.
• To study the way in which First Nation Peoples are integrated into the wider church environment and experience the church in that environment.
• To broaden my experience of the Anglican Church – to experience a Church which is not the established church and to observe what being a priest in a different setting is like.'

Rev Simon Kirby - Looked at from either a historical or contemporary perspective, one of the major missiological issues that the Christian Church has to address is the relation between the task of communicating the Gospel and the culture in which that process of communication takes place. The Revd Simon Kirby, now the minister of 'fresh expressions' congregation in the Church of England, was given a grant by the FML to explore this issue durinmg his training for ordination, as it relates to the People of the First Nations, especially those living in and around Winnipeg, with a view to relating his findings to his own ministry.

Rev Adrian Murray-Leslie - Adrian Murray-Leslie spent a three-month sabbatical mainly in the Canadian Arctic during 2001. It was a unique experience of other cultures, Inuit, Gwich’in, Swampy Cree and white Canadian with charismatic, conservative evangelical, Anglo catholic and nineteenth century invisibly mended Anglicanism. Time to pray more than usual, to read both the Bible and other material, meet many different people some of whom were very much more inspiring than others. In his report he describes how he found himself in several situations where individuals, his hosts or his host Church were in crisis and how he was drawn into those situations as a listening ear.

Rev Dr Angus Stuart - Dr Angus Stuart, now the Anglican Chaplain at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, received a grant from FML in the summer of 1997 (when he was Senior Chaplain at Bristol University in the UK) to make a comparative study of approaches to university chaplaincy in Canada and Britain. He introduces his report as follows:-

'When I entered higher education chaplaincy (with 13 years pre-ordination experience in higher education) the job was perceived to be a secular ministry. This was set up in contrast to a parish or church based ministry - ie primarily pastoring a flock. There was a sense that I would be on the edge: of operating outside or beyond the Church (and yet still of it). There was a sense that the work was mission oriented and in some sense evangelistic. I see no reason why this should be different from the way we do all ministry at this time, in this place and context ie in the UK in the late twentieth century. We are all operating in a secular context - working and ministering in the world - and so there is a sense which all ministry (and not just sector ministries) should be seen as secular ministry.

This paper is divided into five sections:

1. My own vision for HE ministry - what I think I am about ... (What), with illustrations out of my own experience  ... (How)
2. What I did in Canada, who I saw and what I was asking them ... (What & how)
3. What I learned in Canada in the Summer of 1997 - similarities - new perspectives
4. A specific example to focus questions and discussion
5. Some pointers for the why and who questions - ecclesiology - the church in the world.'