A Church of England Vicar rambles. An explorer explores.
He used to be a Church of Ireland Rector, and before that a Church of England Rector, hence the name. Now that he’s a Vicar, he keeps the old name since it’s better than any alternative including ‘vicar’ or ‘parson’ or whatever,
His rambles arise from a background of 30 years teaching anatomy and embryology, and 40 years as a church musician. He looks at theology through this background. For him, theology has to fit with the fact that we are creatures of this earth: mammals – apes in fact. Since we are made in the image of the Divine, theology has to fit with biology, and not the other way round. Many of the rambles are conversations between biology and theology.
Rambling Rector was born in Carlisle in 1950, raised in rural Cumberland, went to school in Langwahby and Penrith, 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. He was ordained deacon in 2006 and priest in 2007.
Rambling Rector first appeared in leaflet form in 2008 and the blog began in 2011 after RR hemoved to Ireland. The websites of his present parishes can be accessed here, and the website of his former parishes here.
Rambling Rector is now Vicar of Burton upon Trent in the diocese of Lichfield. His views are his own. They do not represent the official position of any organization.