Author Archives: Ian Black

About Ian Black

Ian is an Anglican priest and Dean of Newport Cathedral in the Church in Wales. He was previously Vicar of Peterborough and Canon Residentiary of Peterborough Cathedral in the Church of England Diocese of Peterborough. He served as Rural Dean of Peterborough for 5 years. Prior to moving to Peterborough, Ian was in Leeds for 10 years, as Vicar of Whitkirk and as a member of the Chapter of Ripon Cathedral. He has also worked in Kent in Maidstone and as priest-in-charge of a group of parishes in Faversham. He was a Minor Canon of Canterbury Cathedral, a prison chaplain and Assistant Director of Post-Ordination Training for the Diocese of Canterbury in partnership with the Diocese of Rochester. Prior to ordination Ian had a career in tax, both with the Inland Revenue as a PAYE Auditor and a firm of Chartered Accountants as a Tax Accountant. Ian was born and grew up in Stratford-upon-Avon and is a former head chorister at Shakespeare’s Church – Holy Trinity. He studied in Canterbury, Lincoln Theological College and has a Master of Divinity degree from Nottingham University. He is married with two sons. Publications include three books of prayers: Prayers for all occasions (SPCK 2011), Intercessions for Years A, B & C (SPCK 2009) and Intercessions for the Calendar of Saints and Holy Days (SPCK 2005). His most recent book, Follow me: living the sayings of Jesus, was published by Sacristy Press on 1st July 2017. There is also a hymn based on this – Christ the Saviour. Other online writings can be found under the Books & Publications tab above. He has been writing online since the mid 1990s and was a contributing blogger to the ReJesus website. Ian is a keen photographer and these frequently appear in his Facebook and Twitter posts.

James the Apostle – Pilgrimage and the meaning is in the waiting

Be careful what you wish for, you might just get it. Today we remember St James and two of our readings give a snapshot of his brief role in the story of the Gospel. A fisherman with his brother John, … Continue reading

Posted in Sermons | Tagged , , , , , | Leave a comment

Reasons to persuade everyone to learn to sing (William Byrd)

I received an email this week telling me that today is National Ice-cream Day. I have no idea who decided this, though it was a chocolate manufacturer who told me, but I am not going to argue and after the … Continue reading

Posted in Sermons | Tagged , , , | Leave a comment

Climate Crisis and Chartists Reworked

If you spotted our social media feeds this week, you may have seen a video from me on how to make an origami boat. If you did, I wonder how you got on and did anyone bring their boat with … Continue reading

Posted in Sermons | Tagged , , , , | Leave a comment

Unexpected conversations at the bagging area

Strange things happen to clergy when they go into supermarkets wearing their clerical collars. On Wednesday I was scanning my shopping at the self-checkout when someone came up to me and asked if I was a vicar and then asked … Continue reading

Posted in Sermons | Tagged , , | Leave a comment

Imagine a world without any music

Imagine a world without any music. No songs, no bird song, no playing of the merry organ or sweet singing in the choir. Back in February 2020 this would have been unimaginable, at least it was to me, and then … Continue reading

Posted in Sermons | Tagged , | Leave a comment

Saying ‘Yes’ to the Kingdom of God

This weekend the political leaders of the G7 nations have been meeting in Cornwall. Described on their website as “the only forum where the world’s most influential and open societies and advanced economies are brought together for close-knit discussions”, it … Continue reading

Posted in Sermons | Tagged , , , , , | Leave a comment

Counted into the family of Christ

Family relationships popped up in the church calendar on Friday. For some reason not in the Church in Wales calendar but the Church of England one. On Friday we remembered Petroc, Abbot of Padstow in Cornwall and also with a … Continue reading

Posted in Sermons | Tagged , , , | Leave a comment

Icon of the Hospitality of God

Today is Trinity Sunday, the day we think of our doctrine of God and are invited to both enter into the mystery and to live its life. Today we think of what it means to call God Father, Son and … Continue reading

Posted in Sermons | Tagged , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Pentecost Peace-makers

Each year I tell myself the same thing – it’s rubbish, the music is lost in some kind of time warp and they all hate us, so why watch. And yet I find myself sneaking into the living room to … Continue reading

Posted in Sermons | Tagged , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Reboot to bear Christ’s light to the world

Fans of BBC Radio 4’s ‘New Quiz’ will know its theme tune well. Taken from Leroy Anderson’s fun and imaginative ‘The Typewriter’, where the sound of a typing pool provides percussion for the fast-paced melody. There is a 21st century … Continue reading

Posted in Sermons | Tagged , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment