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Rosemary Walters

Role: National Consultant for Selection and Formation
Rosemary Walters was admitted and licensed as Reader in Lichfield Cathedral in 1987. Since 1993 she has lived in Canterbury and is licensed to the parish of St Martin and St Paul. Rosemary has recently joined the CRC Executive with a brief for Reader Selection and Formation.

Rosemary writes "I was born and brought up in Launceston in Cornwall where I began a love of Anglican Church Music singing in the choir of St Mary Magdalene. This continued in parish choirs through university at Norwich where I read History at UEA and at Liverpool where I completed a PGCE year, then going on to live in Lichfield and take up my first job as a History/RE teacher in a secondary school in Walsall. It was in Lichfield that I started a Bishops Certificate course and wanted to carry on with my fellow students who progressed to a ministry unit. My parish, St Michael's Lichfield, was in Interregnum but when a new priest arrived the PCC approved my training as a Reader. Being a Reader has been a great gift to me in my life. I love learning and arguing! About theology, and preaching. For five years I was the RE adviser for the borough of Walsall and then moved to Canterbury to become the Schools Officer at the Cathedral. After ten fascinating years there, including studying theology at Canterbury Christ Church University, I finished my working life with ten years at Canterbury Christ Church specialising in History and RE in the training of primary teachers, which I still do on a sessional basis.

So most of my working life has been spent listening to their thoughts on, and discussing, spirituality and religion with children and students, the majority of whom do not have "churchy" backgrounds and for whom much of the vocabulary and concepts which regular churchgoers take for granted are a mystery! This forces me to think what we really mean by much of the liturgy we use and how Biblical interpretation can stay true to its integrity but make "sense" outside the tradition. In common with many Readers, this is a challenge in the primary and secondary assemblies I do and a theme I return to often when tutoring our Diocesan Deepening Discipleship and Authorised Lay Ministry courses. It is very exciting to see so many lay people offering for a variety of lay ministries, some of whom will want to go on to Reader training, and I think this is a cause for celebration.

Since retirement I have partly returned to my Cornish connections and am enjoying working on some research at the University of Kent on the poet Charles Causley, from my hometown of Launceston and a contemporary of my parents. I enjoy singing, occasional amateur dramatics and being active in my particular political party!"

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