Magazine article Anglican Journal

Story of Priest's Past Struggles with Alcoholism Appreciated

Magazine article Anglican Journal

Story of Priest's Past Struggles with Alcoholism Appreciated

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I am writing in appreciation for the article in the Anglican Journal about the Rev. Matthew Martin's struggles with alcohol, "Clergy should show their wounds, says priest who opened up about past alcoholism" (Oct. 2018, p. 1). As we priests show our vulnerability, so we will help give others the courage to show theirs. None of us is perfect. Jesus came for the imperfect. He also suffered himself, allowing himself to be vulnerable, so that we may know that he is with us in our vulnerability.

I write as one who struggles with addiction. My father suffered from alcoholism to cover his pain. I take part in Al-Anon meetings, which are of great benefit to me.

Thank you, Matthew Martin, for sharing. Thank you, Anglican Journal, for printing. We clergy are not perfect.

John Serjeantson

Cowansville, Que.

Views of scientists wanted

A section report ("Christianity and Social Order") of the 1988 Lambeth Conference stated that "Science and Christianity need to see themselves...as allies." The report went on to commend "principled interpretation of facts"--a wish that must surely resonate with us today.

While we all depend on "science" in many ways, the partnership commended is not, I think, as visible in the Journal as it might be. Could concerned, conscientious scientists write on key issues? Could you have a regular report from this frontier?

(Dr.) Frank Thompson

Parry Sound, Ont.

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I attend the Church of the Ascension in Hamilton, Ont. …

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