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Peter Bellenes

Peter Bellenes

Faith pilgrim still on a journey

Brought up by a lapsed Catholic mother and atheistic socialist father in the midst of an extended Catholic family in East Lancashire Peter's family environment gave birth to an enquiring mind in issues of faith. Educated by Salesians in Bolton, Carmelites in Aberystwyth before studying philosophy at the Pontifical University of Salamanca at a time of great upheaval in the Catholic Church post Vatican 2. Peter returned to England to study social work. Peter became a member of the Church of England in the early 70's and was accepted for training at Lincoln Theological College in 1979.

Peter returned to local authority social work finishing his social work career in Cornwall as Head of Training in 1999 to become a team vicar in the diocese of Exeter and finally retired from formal parish ministry in September 2018

Married to a Quaker wife his quest for understanding religious issues continues.

Articles by Peter Bellenes

God is the question

What does it mean to accept that God is not the answer to anything, but remains the unanswerable question?

That was then

Does Francis still hold to this declaration from 2007?

Francis invites change, but we are the change

Benedictine Sr Joan Chittister asks why this papacy has stalled: It is a warning to a papacy that came full of hope and is deeply respected for it. As the Talmud says, "Those who risk nothing, risk much more."

Business plan for the CofE???

In May of this year Martyn Percy, Dean of Christchurch, Oxford, as the "Thy Kingdom Come" prayer campaign got under way, challenged the Church of England's way of mission.

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