Shared Views

Two people drawn to SSM are living and working in quite different realms, but through SSM they are finding common ground.

One, a woman and a seasoned priest based in the United Kingdom and the other, a young male priest based in country Victoria.

Theological energy

Cate Relf-Pennington first came across SSM when she was Rector of St Mary Magdalene’s Church, including the Magdalene Centre, which provides a wide range of support services to the poor in Adelaide. The Centre has connections to St John’s Youth Services, which is based at St John’s Church, where Christopher Myers is Priest in Charge and where SSM member Steven de Kleer was Assistant Priest.

Cate was ordained in Adelaide in 1999 and is now Associate Vicar of Wymondham Abbey in the Diocese of Norwich, United Kingdom.

In conversations over the years with Christopher and at other times with Steven (now Parish Priest in the Barossa Valley), Cate expressed an abiding interest in Father Kelly.

She subsequently accepted an invitation to the Chapter Meeting in Darwin in 2012, from which she says she returned with renewed energy. ‘This came from being and talking with like-minded people who are interested in theology in a free-thinking modern way’, she says.

Cate is expected to become a fully professed member of SSM in 2015, and for some time has been involved in leadership formation with SSM’s Joyce Bleby-Lewis. She describes the experience as deep and empowering, ‘exactly what I have been looking for’.

It has also helped her in forming a strong sense of SSM, which she sees as being made up of people who live an authentic life in a religious Christian context, different from any she has known previously.

‘SSM’s energy around theology is really strong, along with its commitment to take the SSM influence/gift forward’, she says.

This year Cate visited SSM projects in the United Kingdom: the Well at Willen, Milton Keynes and St Antony’s Priory, Durham

‘SSM’s energy around theology is really strong, along with its commitment to take the SSM influence/gift forward’, she says.

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