His particular interest lies in the area of the theology of the parish church and its relationship to the parish. He'd written to a number of Diocesan bishops asking for recommendations as to where to visit, and Bishop Christopher had kindly pointed him in our direction.
We spent a fascinating two-and-a-half hours talking about the theology and practicalities of parish ministry in particular contexts, not only here but also drawing on his experiences elsewhere and the conversations he's held during other sabbatical visits. Our discussions and his onward journey were sustained by excellent refreshments courtesy of Emily in the cafe.
All in all, a morning well spent, with plenty of food for thought. It will be most interesting to see what he writes once his visits are complete.
Thanks for coming Fr Rob - and keep in touch!