Saturday, 28 December 2019
St. John's College, Nottingham U.K -My Theological College (Seminary) is closing
St. John's College, Nottingham, U.K. my theological Alma Mater, and dear to my heart in many ways will close in September 2020. I trained there for ordained ministry between 1972 and 1976.
St. John's had a life span of 135 years, It flourished in the olden days when the typical path to ordination in the C of E was for men
who had completed high school; had taken a Bachelors Degree at Oxford, Cambridge or some lesser University!; and almost immediately (at age about 23), had entered a Theological College.
Even by my time that pattern had begun to unravel. I was 28 years old when I enrolled at St. John's, sans any prior degree,
My way was paid by a generous grant from the County Council of Oxfordshire - in which County I was living at the time,
Those County grants have all but dried up.
The typical seminarian is now more likely to be female than male; and/or in her or his thirties or even forties. For such there are no Government grants.
The dough is no longer there.
So my College (St, John's, Nottingham, U.K. ) will close its doors next year, It's sad, but inevitable,
Here is what I wrote to some of my former class mates and professors.
I will always be grateful for the College; the friendships I made which have endured; the pastoral care from staff such as Colin Buchanan and Steve Travis; the high quality of my education; at College and at the University of Nottingham..