Shalome MacNeill Cooper

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I've been known in these parts for riding a horse to chapel, planting prayer chains in the garden with seeds, taking our prayers, burning them and burying them in the pouring rain on Good Friday, having a good sense of humour but also taking ministry very seriously. I've been compared to the Vicar of Dibley on more than one occasion (I could do with a Verger Alice type friend to be honest and don't worry, no one has asked me to be the village Easter Bunny...yet) and described as a farmer's minister.That's probably because I have lead worship in a barn often and I know the difference between a Hereford and a Holstein because I come from a farming community. For stationing I requested a rural area and I have not been disappointed. I've been living in Shropshire since 2017 and before that on Iona in Scotland for a number of years. I have two decades experience in paid accountable ministry but I'm relatively new to Methodism so I'm still learning what Methodism is all about.

My understanding of the Trinity is grounded in the Celtic Christian Tradition and expressed through Methodism. I tend to easily identify with the spiritually curious and therefore try to offer leadership that is an engaged spirituality whilst upholding those who still long for the 'Glory Days'. I'm passionate about the envrionment, equality, interfaith matters and worship.

I have pastoral oversight of all 8 Rea Valley Methodist Churches but we are one society (one church) with many sites.

I have some university degrees most find boring but have been very helfpul in ministry but the best education of all has been life experience and travel. I've lived in many places, worked many interesting jobs ranging frommanaging hair salons and book shops to working in refugee camps, had experience at the UN with the Status of the Commission of Women and even did a few spells of archaeology in Israel/Palestine through Hebrew University. All this has in some way, helped me to understand the Gospel more deeply and in turn I share that with others.


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