Aug 31, 2008

FOR YOUR EYES ONLY: Pray for Wales and their ongoing quest for INTEGRITY which includes EVERYONE at +ALL+ levels of Church and Anglicanlife

The Very Reverend Jeffrey John was installed as the ninth Dean of Saint Albans on 2nd July 2004

Lord Hear My Prayer as we look to the election of a new Bishop at The Church of Wales...may we humbly pray and ask that you consider:

"Dean Jeffrey John (aged 51) took a First in Classics and Modern Languages at Hertford College Oxford in 1975. After reading Theology at St Stephen's House Oxford, he served his first Curacy at Penarth, in the diocese of Llandaff. He returned to Oxford in 1980 to read for a doctorate in Pauline theology. In 1984 he was appointed to a Fellowship as Dean of Divinity at Magdalen. In 1991 he became Vicar of Holy Trinity, Eltham in Southwark Diocese. Dean John's previous post was as Canon Chancellor and Bishop's Adviser for Ministry in the Diocese of Southwark.

Dean John's interests include learning and reading European languages*

"Jeffrey Philip Hywel John, SCP, (born 10 February 1953) is a Church of England cleric and the current Dean of St Albans. He made headlines in 2003 when he was the first person to have openly been in a gay relationship to be nominated as a Church of England bishop. Owing to the consequent controversy he was asked by the Archbishop of Canterbury, Rowan Williams, to stand down before he took up the bishopric.

Dr John was born in Tonyrefail in South Wales in 1953. He studied at Hertford College, Oxford, where he gained a first in classics and modern languages in 1975. He subsequently studied theology at St Stephen's House, Oxford. After a curacy in Penarth, Llandaff, he returned to Oxford in 1980 to read for a doctorate in Pauline theology. He became chaplain at Brasenose College. In 1984 he was appointed Dean of Divinity at Magdalen College, Oxford. He was later the Vicar of Holy Trinity, Eltham, (in the Diocese of Southwark) in south London from 1991 In 1997 he became canon chancellor and theologian of Southwark Cathedral.

Dr John is a founder member and a trustee of Affirming Catholicism, a group formed in 1990 promoting Catholicism within the Anglican tradition and also supported the campaign for the ordination of women.

On 20 May 2003 his appointment as the new Bishop of Reading, a suffragan bishop in the Diocese of Oxford, was announced. His nomination led to controversy both in the Church of England and in the wider Anglican Communion, despite his having stated that he was celibate. He has for many years been a campaigner for gay rights and he received criticism on his nomination both for his stance on gay issues and because he had not publicly 'repented' his past sexual activities in such a way as to indicate that they were wrong. A number of Anglican leaders in various countries stated their intention to split from the communion if the consecration went ahead[citation needed]. Concerns over the potential for division led the Archbishop of Canterbury, the Most Reverend Rowan Williams, to request Dr John to step down. On 6 July 2003, he withdrew from his appointment to the bishopric. In spite of the withdrawal of Dr John the differences in views of homosexuality within the Anglican church continued to cause controversy in 2003 following the appointment of Gene Robinson as Bishop of New Hampshire in the Episcopal Church USA.

On 19 April 2004, 10 Downing Street announced Dr John's appointment as Dean of St Albans. He was inducted on 2 July 2004.

Although many conservatives were outraged at the thought of any preferment for Dr John, and although many liberal advocates were equally outraged at the way he had been treated, less interested observers viewed the eventual solution as a masterstroke: by appointing him to the deanery of a famous cathedral, the Prime Minister (who, in consultation with the Archbishop of Canterbury had the final say in the recommendation to the Crown) was able to give him a position of equal or even greater prominence and prestige, but without the hierarchical authority over others which gave conservatives within the Diocese of Oxford grounds for complaint.

In August 2006, Dr John entered into a civil partnership with his long-term partner, the Revd Grant Holmes...."**

Bless your son Jeffery John in the days and months ahead.

Praise to you Lord Christ



Cany said...

Indeed, Leonardo. This man has exhibited, in his life, so much love for God yet the church cannot manage to see this--focused only on the fact he is gay.

Hard -- impossible, actually -- to comprehend.

FranIAm said...

Thank you for this- I have not heard of him and I am glad to know of him. And pray for him.

Dios ten piedad, what will become of our sex obsessed churches? The hungry shall starve, the poor shall collapse and more.

Bonnie said...

franiam--I had never heard of Jeffrey Johns or any of these other folks either being for years the pray, pay and obey person and ignoring all the politics. Someone brought him up on "Jakes" blog. Eventually anything I ever wanted to know (or not)about the anglican soap opera was revealed by information from "Jake's." Every single day, at almost every single moment, since Lambeth I swear I am leaving TEC if they don't dump the AC. Abuse is bad enough, sick is paying someone to do it. I am waiting to see what our bishops are going to do in September.

OTOH, my husband keeps pointing out that there are people in TEC (and out) fighting the good fight who deserve our support. I see that Jeffrey Johns is such a one too. I wish him and his partner love, joy and years of blessings.

Anonymous said...

Amen, LR, amen. If God wills it, it will happen. Thank you.

Anonymous said...

I'll add another tonight. Isn't it amazing how people who have been gifted with faith and new life never give up?