Clare College Cambridge

Easter Term 2018 Preachers


29 April

The Dean

6 May

The Very Revd Kurt Dunkle
Dean and President, General Theological Seminary, New York

13 May

The Revd Canon Jeremy Davies
Former Precentor of Salisbury

Canon Jeremy Davies was a choral scholar at Corpus Christi College, Cambridge where he first read English, before continuing with a further degree inTheology when he trained for the ordained ministry at Westcott House. After a curacy in the East End of London he spent eleven years as a university chaplain, first at Queen Mary, University of London, and then as Senior Chaplain to Cardiff University and the Polytechnic of Wales. In 1985 he became Canon Precentor of Salisbury Cathedral - a post which he held for over twenty six years until his retirement in 2012. During his ministry he has become well known as a preacher, hymn-writer, and script writer; broadcaster, spiritual director and lecturer (especially on Anglican spirituality, apologetics and art and theology and the Sarum Use) In retirement he has continued to conduct conferences, retreats and quiet days, in this country, USA and Sweden. He is also Warden of the Fellowship of the Hidden Life, which seeks to develop the spiritual life especially amongst lay Christians. Jeremy's background as a cathedral chorister and lay clerk equips him to help churches and congregations with their musical as well as their liturgical formation, and he specialises in the use of plainchant. His book In Season and Out of Season on the art of sermon creation was published by Canterbury Press in 2014. He has written the scripts for, and  directed,  The Way of the Cross throughout the UK, and has been consultant to many other productions of this large-scale Passion pageant. He was for ten years  a member of the General Synod of the Church of England and of the Cathedrals Fabric Commission for England, and continues as a member of the fabric advisory committees of three cathedrals and helps a number  of cathedrals and churches with their plans for re-ordering and the exhibition of art in sacred spaces. 

20 May

The Venerable Dr Justine Allain Chapman
Archdeacon of Boston, Diocese of Lincoln

The Ven Dr Justine Allain Chapman is the Archdeacon of Boston in the Diocese of Lincoln where she oversees clergy and church buildings as part of the team of bishops and archdeacons which run each diocese in the Church of England. After a career in teaching, she served as a curate and vicar in South London for the first decade of her ministry and for the second she was Director of Mission and Pastoral Studies and Vice Principal at the South East Institute for Theological Education.

Justine has a particular interest in resilience which she developed as a parish priest and as she taught pastoral care to people training for ordained and lay ministry in the Anglican and Methodist churches. Her doctorate addresses the questions of how Christians enable enable people to come through difficulty well and how pastors can deal with the impact of it in themselves. She wrote 'Resilient Pastors: the role of adversity in healing and growth' (SPCK) 2012 and her book of Reflections for Lent 2019, 'The Resilient Disciple' comes out later this year.

 She lives just outside Lincoln with her husband and four children. She enjoys detective novels, yoga and is a Christian Meditator. 

27 May

Terry Waite CBE
Hostages Negotiator, Humanitarian and Author 
Terry Waite has had a varied career and is best known as a hostage negotiator. He was also taken hostage himself in Beirut where he was kept in strict solitary confinement for almost five years. He has written about this experience in 'Taken on Trust' (Hodder1993).Other books by him are; 'Footfalls in Memory' (Hodder 1995) and two humorous books, 'Travels with a Primate' (Hodder 2000 and Silvertail Books 2014) and a comic novel 'The Voyage of the Golden Handshake' (Silvertail Books 2015).  He is a co-founder of Hostage UK, YCare International and is President of Emmaus UK.

3 June

The Right Reverend Mark Santer
Dean of Clare 1967–1973 and former Bishop of Birmingham

Mark Santer came to Clare as Dean in 1967.  So this is his fiftieth anniversary year.  For most of his time at Clare he was also one of the team of College Tutors (taking part in the momentous votes to admit women to the College), as well as lecturing on Early Christian Doctrine in the Divinity Faculty.  In 1973 he became Principal of Westcott House and so responsible for the training of future clergy.  In 1981 he moved to London to become Area Bishop of Kensington, caring for parishes in an enormously varied swathe of London between Kensington Palace and Staines.  This was the time in which HIV/AIDS became a burning pastoral issue inside the church as well as in wider society, not least in west London.  From 1987 he was Bishop of Birmingham, a city which in the eighties was reeling from the collapse of much of its traditional manufacturing base.  For sixteen years of his time as a bishop he served alongside Bishop (later Cardinal) Cormac Murphy-O’Connor as Anglican Co-Chariman of the Anglican-Roman Catholic International Commission, working towards the resolution of inherited theological differences between the two churches.  For several years after his retirement he served on the Council of the University of Birmingham and as a member of the Board of Directors of the University Hospitals Birmingham.


10 June

The Dean