Brian Mountford is a free-lance writer and speaker and Publisher-at-Large for John Hunt Publishing's 'Christian Alternative' imprint.
His latest book, 'Friday's Child', is an anthology of poetry on suffering and redemption. Each poem is accompanied by a snappy commentary that teases out the meanings of the text and relates it to everyday life. The book is ideal as a discussion group resource for Lent, Holy Week, and Easter. He will be giving talks based on it in St Mary’s Kirtlington during Holy Week.
His best-selling book is ‘Christian Atheist: belonging without believing’, about those who struggle to accept Christianity’s metaphysical claims, yet are drawn to its aesthetic heritage, moral compass, and community outreach.
Currently he’s working on two projects: a memoir, and a collection essays by Oxford students about their religious experience, their view of their contemporaries’ approach to religion, and how they see the future of religion. This hopes to capture the voice of the 18-24-year-old age group and to understand the staggering statistic that 70 per cent of that group, in Britain, claim to have ‘no-religion’.
He’s only been Publisher-at-Large for eighteen months and has a number of interesting books in the pipeline but the first to come to fruition is Mark Vernon’s, ‘A Secret History of Christianity’.
Way back in 1968 he started out as a curate in Bayswater, central London, in the days when the Church of England was less divided, religion didn't feel so much under fire from secularism, and he could walk comfortably down Queensway in a cassock. Then he spent six years as Fellow and Chaplain of Sidney Sussex College, Cambridge, newly married, and at the time when women were first admitted to the college. After that he was appointed Vicar of Southgate in North London. This was classic suburbia and the church flourished. In 1986 he became Vicar of the University Church, Oxford and stayed there for thirty years amongst the Dreaming Spires. He was Founding Chair of the Gatehouse Drop in Centre for homeless people. Now he lives in Islip, a village just outside Oxford and continues to give seminars on leadership and ethics for the Dutch Avicenna Academy for Leadership and to facilitate conferences run by the Oxford Symposium on religion. In 2017 Brian was appointed MBE.
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