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Clare Amos

Alan my husband and I spent a couple of months sabbatical in New Zealand in 2018 and loved it too. It is a great place to think, reflect and write - I was doing some work on the theme of transfiguration at Vaughan Park near Auckland (which offered residencies) but visited the south island as well.

I am really really glad that you and Cathy are working on something that will honour John V Taylor. For me both as a person and in his theology he summed up the 'best' of CMS. There was a time however when he wasn't flavour of the month... I still remember back in 2000 or 2001 (fairly soon after I started working for USPG and CMS, USPG and PWM were all at Partnership House) - when John Taylor died nobody in the CMS leadership expressed any interest at all in having a memorial service in his honour. So actually Stephen Lyon and I organised one jointly - drawing on John Taylor's own writings. And I am glad to say that the chapel was completely full - including a lot of CMS staff (though perhaps not key members of the leadership). I sill find myself quoting great lines from John Taylor from time to time. Clare Amos

Olive Fleming Drane

Travel well. Ur In our prayers. Look forward to all ur news.


Olive thanks. Clare hi! That sounds extraordinary re John Taylor - how sad. I have been a massive fan of his for years. I am currently reading Post Colonial Theology by Robert Heaney (to while away the hours on the plane) and he relates the Primal Vision and Taylor's approach as being in that post colonial space. While I was in NZ I was trying to understand a Maori cross I saw. I know you worked on the images of Christ. Did you come across anything on your visit to NZ? The link is here - I was particularly trying to fathom what the image on the bottom of it is? Hope all is well.

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