Since I posted on the subject of my retiral, I have been touched by how many friends have suggested that I do no such thing! No, they don’t want me to insist on staying at St Clement’s, but they do have various suggestions as to what I might do.
The most popular suggestion is that I should look for an interim post either in the USA or in my old Diocese in Europe. And those who have suggested this will be happy to hear that that is exactly what I mean to do. But first I intend to have a break and a bit of vacation time in the UK. That need not, of course, stop me from looking for interim posts after, say the end of September. So if any readers of this blog know of any church in need of a locum tenens, I’ll be glad to hear from them.
The second most popular suggestion is that I should carry out my proposal (threat!) to write my Autobiography now that I will have more time to do so. And again, I am not averse to this, though I have been astonished at how much time and effort is needed to track down who, when, where and why in one’s life. One kind friend even suggested it could be compared with Colin Stephenson’s “Merrily on High”, but there is no way I could reach the flow of merriment with which Colin recounted the “churchy” bit of his life. But I confess I have greatly enjoyed writing the bits I have already done, and will almost certainly continue this.