A retired Church of England Vicar rambles. An explorer explores.
The blog started when he was a Rector in the Church of England, hence the name. When he became a Vicar, he kept the old name since it’s more euphonious than any alternative. Now he’s retired, it’s Rambling Rector Retired.
RR’s rambles arise from a background of 30 years teaching anatomy and embryology, 40 years as a church musician, and 13 years in Holy Orders. He looks at theology through biological lenses. We are creatures of this earth, mammals – apes. Many rambles are conversations between biology and theology. Theology has to fit with biology, and not the other way round. If they don’t agree, theology must be modified or ditched. Anyway, theology is an invention of the human mind.
RR was born in Carlisle in 1950, raised in rural Cumberland, went to the village school in Langwathby and the (11 plus) Grammar School in Penrith. This was followed by university in Cambridge and medical school in London. He taught anatomy in medical schools in Nottingham, Dublin and Derby. He was trained in church music at Carlisle Cathedral and has been organist and choirmaster at churches in London, Nottingham and Dublin.
RR was ordained deacon in 2006 and priest in 2007. He served in parishes in Derbyshire until 2011 when he moved to be Rector of Portlaoise (Ireland). In 2014 RR became Vicar of Burton upon Trent in the diocese of Lichfield, where he had responsibility for three churches, one of which was Burton’s historic parish church with its civic role. He retired in October 2019 and remains in Burton. RR is married to SWMBO and they have a daughter and a son in Dublin, and another son who lived in Texas but died in 2015 leaving a widow and granddaughter. RR is increasingly deaf. His left eye sees nothing (retinal detachment in 2008) and his right eye sees less and less (glaucoma).
RR’s views are his own. They do not represent the official position of any organization, and certainly not the Church of England which RR thinks has lost the plot.