Faith & Social Justice: In the spirit of Richard Overton and the 17th C. Levellers

Changes from Blogging Friends

Rev. Bob Cornwall, a Disciples of Christ pastor trained as a church historian, has moved from California to a new church in Michigan, but is still blogging his Pondering on a Faith Journey.

Australian Anglican Byron Smith, of the great blog, Nothing New Under the Sun, (worth reading for his posts on the theological and ethical implications of Peak Oil alone!) is leaving country for Scotland. Byron’s wife, Jessica, will be working as an operations manager for a Scottish Episcopal (Anglican) parish while Byron pursues doctoral work at the University of Edinburgh! (OW. Bruised my tongue trying to roll the r for “Edin-burr!”)

The quirky Chris Tilling, of the New Testament blog, Chrisendom, has been living just outside Tübingen, Germany for 6 years pursuing a New Testament Ph.D. in Pauline studies. Now, he’s returning to his native England  to be a Tutor in NT at St. Mellitus College and St. Paul’s Theological Centre, London. This is great news, but how will Anja, his beautiful German wife (the kindness of women is evidence of grace) adjust to the UK?

Thom Stark, a fellow pacifist (so I don’t even mind that he’s in the Restoration movement–what we Baptists usually call a “Campbellite” in less than wonderful tones of voice!), has finished his undergraduate work and is beginning seminary at Emmanuel School of Religion, Johnson City, TN. However, Thom, has given up his wonderful blog, Semper Reformanda, to be part of the group blog, Jesus Politics.  Good luck with both moves.

D. W. Horstkoetter, of the blog, Flying Farther, is an evangelical who has been on quite the journey. First from Multnomah Bible College to Union Theological Seminary in New York, where he has just finished his M.A. with a thesis on theological responses to torture (nicely done). He is now traveling to do Ph.D. work at the Jesuit-run Marquette University.  All the best, D. W.–and I hope the Midwest is exciting enough after The City!

Welsh Methodist minister, Richard Hall, who runs the blog with the appropriately Methodist sounding name of Connexions, (note to U.S. readers–that’s not a spelling mistake, but the British rendering of “Connections”) has been moved by the Methodist itinerant system. (Richard, feel lucky. I don’t know of any American Methodist minister, certainly not one with the United Methodist Church, who would get to stay 10 years in 1 post!) He has left his parish in Swansea and moved to Caergwlre, which I am informed is pronounced Kye-goor-leh. Despite Irish ancestry, I have never understood the logic behind the spelling of ANY Celtic language. Honestly, how does one get Kye-goor-leh from Caegwlre? But I wish Richard and family all the best. They have arrived safe and sound.

Chris Tidings, a priest in the Independent Catholic movement, has given up his blog, “Even the Devils Believe.” But, fear not, he has simply changed it to The Gifts of God.

Changes, changes, changes.  Any more that I should know about? God’s grace to all of you in these new ventures.

August 9, 2008 - Posted by | blogs, theology


  1. Quirky?!


    Comment by Chris Tilling | August 10, 2008

  2. Yep, anyone who creates dancing Anglican bishops on their blog qualifies in my book as “quirky.” 🙂

    Comment by Michael Westmoreland-White | August 10, 2008

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