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Retired priest offers advice

— Paul Henry

Sunday, February 09, 2014    

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THE Rev Canon Peter Mullings has said that the church needs to return to its rightful place as the conscience of the nation.

Mullings, retired rector of the Church of Ascension in Mona, told the Jamaica Observer that the Anglican Church has done a lot, but noted: "What it needs now is to realise that the church is supposed to be the conscience of the nation.

"Today's world is so upside down and everybody's pulling one side. It's [good to have] occasions like this when we come together and remind ourselves of our mission."

Mullings, who retired two years ago after leading the Church of Ascension for 38 years, said the younger generation needs to realise that there is more to existence than the frivolities of life.

The clergyman was one of two retired church heads — the other being Rev Canon Ernle Gordon — who spoke with the Observer

following the St Andrew Deanery Day service at St Mary the Virgin Church on Molynes Road in St Andrew last Sunday.

He said he's enjoying retirement and spends his days counselling and reading. Mullings said he's also working on a book, explaining: "It's intended to help anyone who gets the call of God to realise that it's not hunky-dory. It's not a bed of roses. God calls you and sends you, and what you need to remember at all times is, once He sends you, He protects you. And you now must live according to

His will."

Meanwhile, Gordon, 75, who retired from the leadership of St Mary the Virgin Church after 40 years of service, said he was enjoying retirement and that he's continuing to write and do research.

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