John Morris, M.A.(Corpus, Cambridge), PGCE (London), M.Ed (East Africa), and PhD (Exeter), born in 1937, was a teacher, teacher-trainer and lecturer for 35 years, some of them in Uganda 1963-71. He was ordained as an unpaid Anglican clergyman in 1995, assisting three rural parishes in Hampshire, UK for six years while being chaplain of Twyford School for eleven. Since 1998, John has been unpaid Chairman of what is now a UK charity, Friends of Albella Boys Home, Darjeeling, which funds an orphanage www.albellaboyshome.co.uk. But his priority is caring for his grandson, Daniel, born severely handicapped in 1999 and still unable to walk or talk.
John and Mary married in 1960 and had three children, one of them dying as a baby, and now have Daniel to stay on alternate weekends and holidays. John's three books owe much to Daniel and to his years in Uganda. Where is God? What really matters in our Darwinian world with millions of Daniels, natural disasters and hunger? He writes for believers and atheists, addressing these questions, to make Christianity intellectually credible, marrying modern science and faith.
His hobbies include reading science books, gardening, tennis and squash, and high altitude trekking. An unfulfilled ambition is to reach base camp on Kanchenjunga, the world's third highest mountain, that he first saw in 1994 from the orphanage. But he did climb an uncrowded Kilimanjaro in 1965 in the school holiday, after directing a televised play starring his teenage pupil, John Sentamu, now the Archbishop of York! Teachers reap surprising harvests!
More is on his website www.contemporarycreed.org.uk. He is a floating voter, sceptical of party politics, but did organise protests over the Falklands and marched against the then impending Iraq war.
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