About

Hi, my name is Simon and welcome to “A Tree In The Forest.”

The first reason for using this title for my blog is that I live and work as the Church of England Rector of several villages in the National Forest area in the Heart of England.  The second reason is its reference  to the philosophical question, “If a tree falls in a forest and there is noone to hear it falling, does it make a sound?” I hope that there will be people visiting from time to time to hear and engage in conversation on various topics.  I also hope that it will not be true that we can’t see the wood for the trees!

Among my many and varied interests are:

  • how new media and technology are affecting society and the Church
  • inter-faith relations, especially Jewish-Christian and Muslim-Christian relations
  • music, books and film
  • watching cycling and American football

This is not an exhaustive list, so all sorts of other topics will probably make their way into the blog from time to time. I look forward to the conversation.

(Oh, and I love coffee – except after 8 p.m., unless I need to stay awake!)

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4 thoughts on “About

  1. btw – I liked your posting on the Jesuits
    I taught for 8 years in an RC High School in Leeds. Sadly I was too embedded in my own Protestantism at the time to be anything other than defensive, which wasn’t a pretty sight. However the experience has been at least in the longer run a good teacher.

  2. Eric – it’s good to hear from you. I too taught very briefly at a Catholic High School near Portsmouth a LONG time ago and have had good relationships with RCs ever since in spite of some theological differences which seem less significant as the years go by.

    BTW I liked your post on Churchmanship today on your own blog.

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