Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Coming Home? Or Not.

Greetings on a cloudy Wednesday from the City of Sheffield, where we are now in our second week of residence. Until today the weather has been gorgeous (a little too hot for me, but Jennifer was loving it). The city has some curious similarities with Pittsburgh - a now departed steel industry that has given way to various high tech enterprises (of which Jennifer's employer is one), a gritty working-class culture, friendly and helpful inhabitants - but it is obviously not identical. For one thing, there is a tram system that - unlike Pittsburgh's T - actually serves most of the city neighborhoods. If all goes well, come Friday we will have a rented house in Norfolk Park, about fifteen minutes from the railway station and the tram and about twenty-five minutes from Jennifer's workplace. 

On Pentecost we worshiped at the Cathedral of St. Peter and St. Paul, a handsome pro-cathedral with an excellent choir and a sizable staff. I met on Monday with a worthy Canon to discuss where I might be of most use (since Bishop Steven had suggested we worship there until we had a residence) and got the distinct impression he was a little worried lest my ACNA fundamentalism disturb the present modus vivendi! Interestingly, as far as he was concerned, ACNA was no longer part of the Anglican Communion, but beyond pointing out why they consider themselves so to be, I didn't belabor the point. He did observe that most churches in Sheffield - whether Evangelical, Catholic or Liberal - had a fairly clear identity, except for the Cathedral itself, which strove to uphold a more generic via media. I suspect that we may go and at least try out St. Matthew's, Carver Street, which is currently under one of the flying bishops. It will be a change to get some genuinely catholic liturgy again.

Doubtless there will be more posted here once we get settled. It's very strange to be back in the UK after twenty years, as strange for me as it is for Jennifer. There must be more of the Ishmaelite in me than I imagined.


The Rev Canon Dr David Wilson said...

Good to hear you've arrived safely home. I would have thought with your ACNA pedigree you've would have gravitated to Christ Church Fulwood or St Thomas Crooks

Jeremy Bonner said...

As you know from the Trinity saga, David, I'm more ACNA by circumstance than by inclination (a little ironic when one considers my present role in the ongoing diocesan litigation, but then just because something is legally permissible doesn't necessarily make it advisable).

My respect for Evangelicals - both historically and those like yourself, whom I'm pleased to call friends - doesn't necessarily make me one of them. Sharing ministry is easily done, but I want my parish home to be more on the high and dry side. No offense taken, I trust?

The Rev Canon Dr David Wilson said...

No offence taken at all. As you know I want my parish home to be low and lively. BTW the recently completed ACNA Assembly in Ridgecrest NC was a joy to behold. It was everything I hoped for a and more. The morning Bible teachings by the Bishop of Singapore Rt Rev Rennis Ponniah were superb.

Were you able to bid farewell to +Bob and Nara?

Henry Scriven said...

Welcome back to England, Jeremy. I'm sure you'll get used to it and Sheffield is a wonderful place. I hope you find a good church.