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Rev’d Susan Barter

I’m an Anglican priest, and served in several different contexts - rural, multi parish Benefices - urban single parish in a predominantly Muslim area, at one point with 62 staff across a range of activities which made our presence in the parish relevant (15 years) - an old peoples village housing around 500 people aged between 60 and 107.

I’m currently resting and recovering and thinking. I’m just thinking that from my perspective the CofE has lost the plot. I’d love to be able to interact with other people who might have similar or very different views.

I have two very different Master’s degrees. An MBA due to a career as an Accountant in the Retail Motor Industry, specialising in finance, management and Change Management. And a Master’s in Pastoral Theology gained within the Cambridge Theological Foundation commenced when I studied for ordination at Ridley Hall. My dissertation was on the subject of Ministry and Leadership in Multi-Parish Benefices. This was gained in 1996 and centered upon empirical research which I undertook in The Diocese of Norwich.


Sue hi. I guess it's a mixed picture probably but I certainly share some exasperation with the church right now. It sounds as though you have great experience. I am not sure what to suggest re interacting. Where are you based now?

Andrew J Jones

As I said at Greenbelt a few weeks ago, those involved with Fresh Expressions and Alt. Worship over the years are in a much better position to launch new forms of church in virtual reality and the metaverse.

Graham Horsley


I’m intrigued that you write ‘it grew to be ecumenical’. It was ecumenical from the outset. I was a Methodist on the Mission Shaped Church working party. Methodism was a partner in ‘Fresh Expressions’ from the beginning.
Peter Pillinger was the first Methodist to be part of the team. It quickly grew to include URC, Salvation Army and Baptist membership.


Graham sorry for my bad memory and/or ignorance. I will edit the post to represent that correctly. Hope all is well.

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