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"The rituals of faith are worth bothering with", writes Stephen Mitchell, "in so far as they fire our imaginations and empower us to work through the human issues" which face us all. "Those of us who practise a faith must put the emphasis upon our communities and encourage ever wider co-operation and understanding. To this end, the rich variety of human faiths, literature and arts provide an abundant resource. And when the emphasis is put upon our common human endeavours, doctrinal concerns diminish and the practice of our faith becomes worthwhile and worshipful". In Stephen Mitchell's hands, faith becomes a hugely exciting business, challenging our ideas of God, self, history and reality itself.
Stephen Mitchell read music at Exeter University and taught it in a comprehensive school before switching to theology at Cambridge. After a spell as curate at Malvern Priory and as Precentor at Leicester Cathedral, he became Rector of Holy Trinity, Barrow-on-Soar, and St Mary's, Walton-Ie-Wolds, in Leicestershire. He was a founder-member of the Sea of Faith Network and has written in the Guardian and contributed to several theological and humanist publications. He was elected Chair of the Sea of Faith Network (UK) Steering Committee in 1995.
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