I’m a priest - ask me anything!

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RevInTheHouse Sun 01-Jul-18 13:40:00

I’m a fairly young (and quite normal I think) Church of England priest. Am married with children

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TheSpottedZebra Sun 01-Jul-18 13:41:03

Will we see female archbishops, do you think?

hungryhippie Sun 01-Jul-18 13:45:05

Aren't they called vicars in the church of england?

HollowTalk Sun 01-Jul-18 13:45:47

Do you really believe in god? I mean really?

RevInTheHouse Sun 01-Jul-18 13:46:13

TheSpottedZebra I think so and I do hope so although it may take a while, as most things do in the church! I’d like to see a time when the person discerned to be best for the post is appointed (whether male or female) and that people will focus on their qualities and character and not their gender.
Thanks for the first question smile

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Whisky2014 Sun 01-Jul-18 13:48:15

How can you dedicate your life to something where there is absolutely zero evidence of it?

AvocadosBeforeMortgages Sun 01-Jul-18 13:48:17

Does anyone under the age of 65 regularly turn up to your services?


RevInTheHouse Sun 01-Jul-18 13:49:19


We are priests in CofE too.
The way I describe it is that a deacon/ priest is what I am (I was ordained a deacon and then a priest) whereas a vicar is the role I do.
Not all priests are vicars- some are chaplains or have other clerical roles etc.
Does that make sense?

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hungryhippie Sun 01-Jul-18 13:51:38

Yes it does, thankyou Rev

RevInTheHouse Sun 01-Jul-18 13:52:09

I very much distinguish faith from certainty - I have faith but of course I can’t prove there is a God. So although I do believe in God I still have questions and at times have had doubts.

My dp isn’t a believer but he wouldn’t describe his view as certain either.

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Ribrabrob Sun 01-Jul-18 13:52:38

How much do you earn?

RevInTheHouse Sun 01-Jul-18 13:53:13


I am very blessed that our congregation has lots of young people as well as older people and it’s a real mix. My last church had a much older congregation and that is often the case I think

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RevInTheHouse Sun 01-Jul-18 13:55:23


Full time vicars get a stipend not a wage. It’s not heaps but it’s enough and obviously we get a house to live.
I also rent out my property that I owned pre ordination which will be important for retirement

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Rudgie47 Sun 01-Jul-18 13:56:47

Do you believe in God?

TheSpottedZebra Sun 01-Jul-18 13:57:43

(Thanks for answering my previous question)

What do you honestly feel about atheists?

BartholinsSister Sun 01-Jul-18 13:58:01

Do you believe there were two sasquatches on the Ark?

RevInTheHouse Sun 01-Jul-18 13:58:17


That’s the unanswerable question!! But I’ll try...
As I said above, it’s faith that I have and a sense of vocation. My life is dedicated to serving God of course, but also dedicated to loving and serving people often in the most joyful and most awful times of their lives. I do the role with integrity and honesty and that’s all I can do.

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Danceintherain2018 Sun 01-Jul-18 13:58:19

What are your views on people who are practicing lesbians but believe in God?

RevInTheHouse Sun 01-Jul-18 13:59:34


I am married to an atheist and 90% of my friends are atheist or agnostic! We respect each other and love each other and it’s never been an issue.

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BiteyShark Sun 01-Jul-18 14:00:18

If you could change one thing about your church/religion what would it be?

Motherduckling Sun 01-Jul-18 14:00:46

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RevInTheHouse Sun 01-Jul-18 14:02:56


Views of sexuality vary immensely within Christian circles. I have a number of good lesbian friends, 2 of whom are Christian and in a relationship. Many churches are fully inclusive.
I’m not naive and acknowledge that there is still much hostility and judgment in some parts of the church which is sad

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RevInTheHouse Sun 01-Jul-18 14:04:42


Great question and I am going to think hard and come back to you.
A quick answer is that the Gospel message is fundamentally about love and I wish the church shone out as a beacon of this love into the world. Sometimes it does and unfortunately sometimes it really doesn’t!

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RevInTheHouse Sun 01-Jul-18 14:05:56


I didn’t actually answer your question of what I think. No issue whatsoever - love is love! smile

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RevInTheHouse Sun 01-Jul-18 14:06:32

I actually have to go back to church soon so I’ll come back later smile

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