How did I get to here? I often wonder! After taking a Sociology degree and CQSW at Bath University, I began my professional career in 1974 as a social worker with the now defunct Avon County Council. In those days social workers were generic, not knowing much about everything! Following the sudden death of my father - who was a rather unconventional Baptist Minister - I decided to take a break and to study theology at the radical Northern Baptist College and the University of Manchester.
I did a postgraduate theology degree (First Class!) then became a Minister myself for over 5 years, before going to work for the Diocese of Lichfield Board for Social Responsibility at the time of 'Faith in the City', helping parish churches to make connections between what they did on Sundays and the rest of the life of their local communities. But I had become increasingly sceptical about traditional Christian beliefs so when that job ended I went back into social work and Education Welfare. I carried on preaching and leading services for another 10 years as a Church of England Reader in two Stafford parishes, then pretty much walked away from any involvement in church life in 1999 until the last year or so.
In my new career I published widely on the educational implications of the Children Act 1989 and other welfare issues during over 20 years' experience in Staffordshire and Wolverhampton Local Authorities until I took early retirement in 2011. Since then I have been running courses and working with schools as an Independent Consultant and Trainer. I am also a governor of a special school for children with Social, Emotional and Mental Health (SEMH) needs.
I am still doing some work on supporting schools with managing ATTENDANCE, but am also now developing new interests and writing projects as the balance shifts between work and life. See HOME PAGE for what has happened to my religious beliefs and my thoughts on God, Jesus and being human. I know this journey won't last forever so the Prodigal is returning - well, sort of!
Make a loan. Change a life.
Support small businesses in developing countries with microloans. Then, when the loan is repaid, you can lend the same money again!
But my HOME PAGE now reflects my other main interest. Can Christianity and its central figure mean anything to those who are not convinced that conventional ideas of 'God' and religion take us where we need to go as modern, thoughtful human beings? Can faith be radical, rational and inclusive? I also WHITTER on issues of faith and life now and again: Current topic: 'The local parish church system is struggling. So let's find a better way of being Church'.
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