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
Zoom - conferencing - options for meeting in social isolation
discovering the female in God through thinking about Mary -
The late 60’s was a time of great hope for reform. Nothing we then thought would be quite the same again.
Would someone like Fr Henri Nouwen now be disinclined to enter the seminary? asks
Michael W. Higgins in this week's Tablet
What does it mean to accept that God is not the answer to anything, but remains the unanswerable question?
The NCR questions whether the U.S. bishops, have the will to confront the now undeniable corruption in their culture.
an ancient Maori cultural myth, the story of a long-awaited great leader who is coming to bring new life to a dying tribe
Does God take care of the poor?
Maybe yes, maybe not.
But I'm sure he dines
At the table of the boss.
Melinda Henneberger. former columnist with USA Today grapples with the deep sadness of leaving a faith community when we know we can no longer stay.
Does Francis still hold to this declaration from 2007?
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."
Pointers from a study of university students identifying as Christians
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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