Exchange of Gifts

Exchange of Gifts: The Vision of Simon Barrington-Ward

edited by Graham Kings & Ian Randall
Foreword by the Archbishop of Canterbury

Simon Barrington-Ward was one of the worldwide Church’s great ‘bridge-builders’, charting an imaginative path for Christianity from the local to the global, and from a turbulent twentieth century right into the challenges of a new millennium. Establishing a pioneering reputation as the Church Mission Society (CMS) General Secretary and then Bishop of Coventry, his long and extraordinary life spanned nine decades, combining the heart of a pastor with wide-ranging gifts as a mission theologian, lecturer, chaplain, spiritual director, ecumenist, writer, reconciler and justice advocate. He was also Honorary Fellow of Magdalene College, Cambridge.

This book – featuring both recognised and emerging voices – explores the range of concerns and lives Simon Barrington-Ward touched, his importance as a contemporary witness to an historic faith, and the inspiration and guidance his example offers to followers of Christ navigating an uncertain future. The fascinating life it documents, and to which it pays tribute, will be of interest both to Anglicans and to Christians of many different outlooks and backgrounds. Here is a figure who can unite across difference and point us towards a path of hope in an often divided world.

January 2022, PB, 232pp, 234 x 156 mm 978-1-7397551-0-2 £14.99, US$19.99, €17.49, CAN$25.49, AUS$27.99

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Graham Kings is former Bishop of Sherborne, founder of the Cambridge Centre for Christianity Worldwide, and a widely published author.

Ian Randall, a Baptist academic and writer, is Church Historian and Research Associate at the Cambridge Centre for Christianity Worldwide.

Contributors: Helen Orr, Nicholas Boyle, Ronald Hyam, Sarah Atkins, Clive Handford, John Clark, Sarah Cawdell, Simon Barrow, Cathy Ross, James Orr, Andy Lord, Philip Seddon and Linda Ochola-Adolwa, as well as the editors. There are also four chapters of Simon Barrington-Ward’s own writing, including his sermon for the late and highly revered philosopher Gillian Rose.

This wonderful book gathers together the insights of those who knew Simon Barrington-Ward so well and who have captured the heart and essence of this most visionary man. Simon’s intellect, humour and sometimes child-like simplicity are brought vividly to life along with his profound faith and trust in God, and I am delighted to commend this book to you from the Diocese that he served so fully as bishop and where he continues to be greatly loved.

The Rt Revd Dr Christopher Cocksworth, Bishop of Coventry