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I was made redundant from the Church of England in 2010 due to a bout of depression I suffered at the end of the last century. After I recovered from my illness I worked for eight years without a day off for any illness, physical or mental, but once you have the stigma of mental illness attached to you it is very difficult to get anybody to trust you with a position of responsibility. As the Church is exempt from employment legislation, church employees are not even protected by the disability laws that protect secular workers. So I was eventually swept under the carpet without ever having realised my ambition of becoming a vicar in a parish.
When I go for an interview, which is extremely rare now, I am quizzed relentlessly about my past as nobody believes that a bishop could possibly be bigoted about the mentally ill. I am not asked about my skills and my hopes and dreams. I have been given a label that could easily be pulled off. But there does not appear to be anyone with any authority in the Church prepared to do the peeling for fear of breaking collegiality I guess.
But, it was God who called me to the priesthood and not any bishop, so I have continued my full time ministry on the internet. I survive on the generosity of regular supporters receiving about £400 per month. I've learned to live frugally but I do have money problems when an unexpected bill turns up. Last month my wife and myself went on a caravan holiday to Wales to celebrate our silver wedding anniversary (we climbed Snowdon on the day itself) and, to be honest, I spent more than I should have done. This means I'm a bit hard up this month. Therefore, if you do not already donate towards my ministry, and if you are not struggling financially yourself, I would be extremely grateful if you would consider sending some of your hard earned cash my way, either on a regular basis or as a one off donation. Whatever you send will, I promise, be greatly appreciated by my wife and myself.
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