Over the last six weeks I have been making the transition from Team Rector in the London Borough of Sutton in Surrey to Canon Treasurer at Salisbury Cathedral. Many people have greeted me over the six weeks with the sentence ‘Life must be so different for you now.’ Well in essence it isn’t people are people wherever they are and I have always seen my role, inside the church and outside the church, to use my skills and attributes in a way which recognises the value of humanity and in a way which enables others to come to that place where they can encounter God.
It was with great sadness that I left people behind and it has been with great warmth that I have been welcomed. I can seen with a clarity how I ‘fit’ into the community which I feel privileged to now be a part of and I have set to work on the challenges ahead.
It was great to have watched William Golding’s ‘the spire’ at the play house here in Salisbury soon after my arrival and it was good opportunity to observe in the play the risk of becoming distracted by the wonderful building of the Cathedral (and it is wonderful). It is not the Cathedral which enables us to touch heaven it is Christ which brings the kingdom of heaven to touch us – let us hope we learn the same in the Church of England.