The Questions

I’ve just done one of those Knowing Me, Knowing You sessions that I do from time to time that allow members of the congregation to get to know me a bit and ask any questions about who I am and where I come from.

I asked the group for permission to share the questions. Here’s what they asked me.

  • How did you get from the Salvation Army to the Scottish Episcopal Church?
  • Why were you into politics and why did you leave it behind?
  • How has the congregation changed and why?
  • What was your curacy like? Were you really in charge of a cathedral when you were a curate?
  • Is there a God shaped hole in everyone?
  • Do you have a boyfriend?
  • Where in Yorkshire do you come from?
  • Where in Scotland do you come from?
  • Did you come here as Provost?
  • What do you mean when you say you hated your training?
  • What are the good points and the bad points of being Provost of St Mary’s?
  • How do have you used the Maths and Computing skills you got in your first degree?
  • Do you want a new cat?
  • Where are you going next? And when?
  • Do you believe in Predestination?
  • Is there space for more razzmataz at St Mary’s?
  • Salvation Army vs High Church. Is it very different?
  • Prayer? How do you pray?
  • How do Bishops and Provosts get on?
  • What’s a Canon?
  • How do you relax?
  • What did Chaplaincy work teach you?
  • Where would you like to work?
  • Where have you been overseas?
  • What TV do you like?
  • What’s the difference between the role and the person?

Great questions and as always a really interesting session. I think a lot of congregations would like their rector to do an any questions session from time to time. It is always worthwhile.

Want the answers?

I’m repeating it in September.


  1. Susan Sheppard Hedges says

    I’d love to hear your answer to the first question.

    And there’s always someone that will ask how maths applies to a job! I’m pretty sure that skill comes in pretty handy.

  2. Dharma Cuthbert says

    I think this is a great idea for many reasons, sometimes when in a group a question about, eg do you have a boyfriend? This seems okay in a question and answer session. If the same question was asked on a one to one basis, it may feel that the question is inappropriate. There are many more reasons why I like this, informality is another one.

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