Meet your Chaplains: Day 1-Jeremy Law, Dean of Chapel

Chaplaincy at Canterbury Christ Church

Meet your Chaplains: Day 1-Jeremy Law, Dean of Chapel

How long have you been a Chaplain?

I have been in university chaplaincy for 27 years. At Exeter University from 1994, and at Christ Church since 2003.

Why did you decide to take up Chaplaincy?

Chaplaincy gave me the chance to be myself in ministry, the opportunity to combine academic thinking and teaching, with pastoral commitment. Universities are also wonderfully dynamic and engaging communities, full of people becoming more than they have been before. What better place to be a witness to God’s desire that we should have life in all its fullness?

What did you study before becoming a chaplain?

I first studied geology (rocks); I even began a PhD in geology. But I then moved to study theology (God) as part of my training for the ministry. Later, I completed a DPhil in theology which examined how present life is related to the hoped-for salvation that God promises through Jesus.

What is a recent book you have read?

Most recently I have read Bleak House by Charles Dickens. It’s slow going to begin with, but then really absorbs you.

What music are you loving at the moment?

I have been listening to the album Grace and Danger (1980) by John Martin. It was wonderful fretless bass courtesy of John Giblin.

What are your hobbies?

I very much enjoy cycling, bass playing and wildlife observation. During Lockdowns I have learnt that it is not the birds that visit my garden, but that my house is built in their territory!

What is your favourite film?

My favourite film is probably Duel (1971), one of Stephen Spielberg’s first outings. There’s very little dialogue, but all of life is here.

What is your favourite quote?

“Do not worry about tomorrow; tomorrow will look after itself. Each day has trouble enough of its own” (Jesus, c. 30 AD)

Who would you most like to meet and what would you want to ask them

I’d like to meet my Father (he died when I was a very small child), and I would ask: “Tell me what makes you happy?”

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