Following his nomination in 2012 of St Endellion as his favourite church in the UK, Baron Williams of Oystermouth, who was the last Archbishop of Canterbury, has accepted the Bishop of Truro’s invitation to become a prebend of St Endellion. “That sounds a treat!” wrote Lord Williams; “I’d be most honoured to be a Prebend, and I’d be delighted to pay a visit some time for an event.”
Back in July 2012 Rowan wrote of St Endellion, which he has enjoyed visiting since he was an undergraduate: “The mixture of rock and space always gives me the feeling of sea-light, of something wide, ungraspable; very much a North Cornwall feeling, opening out on to a deep and broad horizon. An appropriate sensation for a church, I think.”
In becoming a Prebend Rowan will join in our vision for St Endellion as place of mission and where our engagement with people through the Spirituality and the Arts explores the meaning and nature of life.
We are tremendously honoured that Rowan has accepted Bishop Tim’s invitation. We already have four Prebends who are dedicated to supporting and growing St Endellion as a spiritual centre, and a place of artistic endeavour: Paul Fiddes, a Baptist minister and Professor of Systematic Theology at Oxford University, loves St Endellion and regularly preaches here and leads Quiet Days and Study Days; Judith Pollinger is a priest in the Parish and a Canon emeritus of Truro Cathedral for whom the local life of worship and prayer is the centre of her life; David Foster, who also lives in the parish, is the first Lay Prebend of the Collegiate Church of St Endellion, a daily worshipper at St Endellion who is also dedicated to our mission. As Rector and Prebend I myself love to see St Endellion and our local churches flourishing, as places of spiritual and artistic exploration, both earthed in the incarnation of our creativity, and aspiring to spiritual heights through transcendence.
The Diocese, St Endellion and the St Endellion Music festivals have also formed a partnership to promote Spirituality and the Arts and together formed a company – `Endelienta’, through which to promote this mission and this way of serving the community. A great programme of Quiet Days, Study Days, concerts and workshops is in place for 2014 and the future looks good!
(see Endelienta’s website: http://www.endelienta.org.uk/
from Fr John, Rector of the North Cornwall Cluster of Churches