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Encyclopedia > Kenneth Leech

Kenneth Leech (b. 1939) is an Anglican priest and Christian socialist in the Anglo-Catholic tradition. Born in 1939, he was ordained priest in 1965. He served in urban London parishes afflicted by poverty and confronted issues of racism and drug abuse. He co-founded the Jubilee Group in 1974 and is an advocate of contextual theology. He founded the charity Centrepoint which went on to become the UK's leading national charity tackling youth homelessness. 1939 (MCMXXXIX) was a common year starting on Sunday (link will take you to calendar). ... The term Anglican describes those people and churches following the religious traditions of the Church of England, especially following the Reformation. ... Roman Catholic priests in traditional clerical clothing. ... Christian socialism generally refers to those on the Christian left whose politics are both Christian and socialist and who see these two things as being interconnected, perhaps because one derives from the other. ... The terms Anglo-Catholic and Anglo-Catholicism describe people, groups, ideas, customs and practices within Anglicanism that emphasise continuity with Catholic tradition. ... 1939 (MCMXXXIX) was a common year starting on Sunday (link will take you to calendar). ... 1965 (MCMLXV) was a common year starting on Friday (the link is to a full 1965 calendar). ... London (pronounced ) is the capital city of England and of the United Kingdom. ... A boy from an East Cipinang trash dump slum in Jakarta, Indonesia shows his find. ... An African-American man drinks out of the colored only water cooler at a racially segregated street car terminal in the United States in 1939. ... Drug abuse has a wide range of definitions, all of them relating to the use, misuse or overuse of a psychoactive drug or performance enhancing drug for a non-therapeutic or non-medical effect. ... 1974 (MCMLXXIV) was a common year starting on Tuesday. ... Centrepoint is a United Kingdom charity for young homeless people. ... Homeless woman in Nice, France. ...


  • Soul friend: a study of spirituality (1977)
  • True God (1985)
  • Experiencing God (1985)
  • Spirituality and Pastoral Care (1986)
  • The Sky is Red, (DLT, 1997) ISBN 0-232-52499-8
  • We Preach Christ Crucified (Church Publishing, 1994, revised 2006) ISBN 0-898-69499-X

External links

  • Kendall Harmon's interview with Kenneth Leech, Church Times, April 23, 2004. Republished at Kendall Harmon's blog
  • Centrepoint

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Pneuma: The "Soul Friend" in Halifax (1732 words)
Kenneth Leech -- the community theologian at St. Botolph's parish in East London, the author of "Soul Friend," "True God," "True Prayer," "Experiencing God," etc. -- gave the Nicholson Lectures in Halifax in mid October.
I was reminded of Leech's words that direction is "a ministry which is rooted in silence and attention, a ministry of vision and of clarification of vision.
Leech spoke of the roles of clergy as doing Eucharist, training the leaders to do what they do -- and doing it better, and, finally, gathering together the pray-ers of the parish.
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