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Richard Kew

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I am a priest of the Episcopal Diocese of Tennessee, recently retired, and after a stint in England am now returning to our home in Williamson County, Tennessee.

Ordained in 1969, I was born and raised in England, but the huge God surprise was moving to the USA in 1976 where I served as parish priest, was involved in the launch of the South American Missionary Society, the early years of SPCK in the USA, diocesan life, etc. The invitation to be Development Director at Ridley Hall made Cambridge, England, the last port of call in my 45 years of stipendiary ministry.

Over the decades my ministry can be characterized by the “specialties” of ministry start-up and the demanding work of picking up — and I have the scars to show for it. I wrote various books, and for the last dozen years have produced an online lectionary-based Daily Devotional being used by Christians around the world (One place it can be found is at Richard Kew’s Daily Devotions on Facebook).

Gladly Anglican, I have never been able to thank the Episcopal Church enough for adopting me and making America my home. My life has been shaped by the church’s mission with which has come a deepening yearning for unity and reconciliation. Theological orthodoxy if divorced from orthopraxy is worth little — grace and truth belong together. Our divided state, especially in Anglicanism, is a daily heartbreak.

Rosemary and I met at London University, married in 1968 and have shared many adventures together. She taught foreign languages at college, and is now one of the wardens of our village church in England. We have two daughters and four grandchildren divided equally between either side of the Atlantic. We share our home with Lady Jane Grey, a Maine Coon Cat, who has reigned over our household far longer than her namesake ruled England. One of the things Returning to Tennessee, I will miss watching rugby, which I believe to be the finest ball game in the world!

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