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Rector, Parish of Hamilton and Sessional Lecturer at St Francis College

The Rev’d Canon Dr Marian Free

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The Rev’d Canon Dr Marian Free is currently the Rector of the Parish of Hamilton and a Sessional Lecturer at St Francis College. She has a PhD from the University of Queensland in the Letters of Paul and is particularly interested in Paul and the Gospels. Outside of the academic sphere, Marian is interested in exploring new ways of being church.

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William Tyndale: the most dangerous man in Tudor England

“Such was the anxiety about Tyndale’s translation that King Henry VIII bought 3,000 copies and had them burnt. However, this was to Tyndale’s advantage – for while the books were destroyed, he still received the proceeds of the sale! Having completed his translation of the New Testament, Tyndale began working on a translation of the Old Testament from the original Hebrew,” says The Rev’d Canon Dr Marian Free, as Tyndale is commemorated in our Lectionary on 6 October

Paula Gooder, the Chancellor of St Paul’s Cathedral London, will be the guest speaker at this year's Clergy Summer School AGM, to be held at St Francis College in Lecture Room 1 at 6 pm on Friday 30 April
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Paula Gooder: theologian and prolific writer

“Paula’s writing is incredibly accessible and engaging. I can still remember standing in a long queue in the Cairns Airport with her book Searching for Meaning in my hands. Even though the book is ‘academic’ – focusing on different methods of biblical interpretation or hermeneutics – I found it to be a real page-turner,” says The Rev’d Canon Dr Marian Free, as she introduces the speaker for the forthcoming Annual General Meeting of the Clergy Summer School

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Engaging young children in Easter services: resource and tips

“In this Easter liturgy, the children take part in the key final events of Jesus’ life, from Palm Sunday to the Resurrection. They wave palms, taste the bread and wine (grape juice), run away from the soldiers, nail dowels into a cross, are buried (under sheets) and noisily celebrate the resurrection,” says The Rev’d Canon Dr Marian Free, while providing a helpful story and liturgical resource for parishes to download and tips for creating an Easter liturgy

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Reaching for the rescue ring

“In the distant past when I was at theological college, I remember being told that most clergy are introverts – one of God’s little jokes. This means that our feelings can be buried deep and difficult for us to articulate, let alone understand or untangle,” says The Rev’d Canon Dr Marian Free

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Anselm of Canterbury

“Anselm of Canterbury was the most significant Christian theologian between Augustine of Hippo and Thomas Aquinas and is regarded as the founder of scholastic theology,” says The Rev’d Canon Dr Marian Free on St Anselm of Canterbury whose Feast Day is marked on 21 April