My name is Cate and I’m a priest in the Church of England. I’m currently serving as a Rural Pioneer Priest in Abbeydore Deanery, Hereford Diocese – this is an exciting role creatively working with my colleagues and churches to reimagine the shape of rural parish ministry. I lead a mission stream exploring how we welcome newcomers to the area.
I enjoy being creative (whether that’s art, music, or writing) and have quite a few geeky interests (e.g. sci-fi and fantasy, video games, table-top gaming).
I have a Hypermobility Sprectrum Disorder which results in chronic pain and persistent fatigue, alongside other symptoms. This has informed and strengthened my faith and understanding of the grace of God. I believe passionately that we all have limited capacities in different ways, and that the Church needs all of us to be whole. A church without disabled people is a disabled church.
I am a member of Inclusive Church, supporting the following vision:
“We believe in inclusive church – a church which celebrates and affirms every person and does not discriminate.
We will continue to challenge the church where it continues to discriminate against people on grounds of disability, economic power, ethnicity, gender, gender identity, learning disability, mental health, neurodiversity, or sexuality.
We believe in a Church which welcomes and serves all people in the name of Jesus Christ; which is scripturally faithful; which seeks to proclaim the Gospel afresh for each generation; and which, in the power of the Holy Spirit, allows all people to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Jesus Christ.”https://www.inclusive-church.org/the-ic-statement/