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Colin Slee

Southwark Cathedral reports this morning

The Very Revd Colin Slee, The Dean of Southwark, died peacefully at his home surrounded by his family at 1am on Thursday 25 November.

Dean Colin had been diagnosed with cancer just a few weeks ago and the spread of his illness was very rapid.

May he rest in peace!

Updated Thursday afternoon (twice)

In The Guardian (CiF), Stephen Bates writes: Liberal Anglicans will mourn the death of Colin Slee

Damian Thompson blogs in the Daily Telegraph: The Church of England won’t be as much fun without Colin Slee

The news is also covered by local community site London-SE1 where it is noted that he had been suffering from pancreatic cancer.

There are now obituaries in The Guardian and The Telegraph.

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Robert Ellis
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Robert Ellis

That is just so sad and a real shock. We were at College together and he was one of the people that created hope for me about the Church of England.

John C
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John C

He will be sorely missed. May he rest in peace and rise in glory.

rjb
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rjb

Very sad and cruelly sudden news.

toby forward
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I’m so sorry to hear this. Colin was a good man and a good advocate for the Church of England. His death is a sad loss not just to his family, but to Southwark Cathedral and the church at large.

Jonathan Jennings
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Jonathan Jennings

Colin was my chaplain at Kings – an immense and irrepressible, counter-cultural figure, unbowed by the system and a great inspiration to ordinands in that institution. Behind the scenes he was also tremendously pastoral and understanding and nursed many of us through the theological crises which, looking back, were the making of us.

In all of his subsequent roles he was exactly the same and, as others have said, a symbol of hope for a church which too often wants to play safe and fights shy of the maverick and risky. My goodness, we shall miss him greatly.

Brian
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Brian

I remember when the Presiding Bishop of TEC was there recently and the wonderful things he said and did in hosting her during “Mitregate”. This is very sad news indeed. Prayers ascending for him, his family, friends, and colleagues. May he rest in peace, and rise in glory.

Fr John
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Fr John

We are the poorer, the Other Place is the richer.

Thank God for Colin, and all he meant to his family, the church, and so many of us who had the privilege of being with him in our earthly ministry.

May he rest in Peace, and Rise in Glory.

May his family know Gods cuddle.

Fr John

Laurence Roberts
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Laurence Roberts

Such a shock and so very sad.

Yes, a great encouragement and very much in the Southwark tradition of liberality , love and aliveness.

Also very much his own person too !

Giles Fraser
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Giles Fraser

I was at the Eucharist at Southwark at lunchtime. Very moving. He was a great man, always fighting other people’s battles. I will miss him so much. May he rest in peace.

Duncan Swan
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Duncan Swan

Colin also in his time at St. Albans Abbey started a year long scheme for ordinands, the Root Group.There must be at least 20 priests in the church who like myself went through that scheme. He was a considerable influence on me and his larger than life personality and outrageous sense of humour provided an example that blandness and conformity are not the model of a good priest.
Rest eternal grant unto him, O Lord.

Father Ron Smith
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May he rest in peace and rise one day with Christ in glory! AMEN! This is a great loss to all in the Church who truly believe that we Christians, on the model of Jesus Christ, should be offering accptance and redemption to all human-kind – whether black or white, female or male, Gree or Jew, slave or free, straight or gay. There are those in New Zealand, who wanted him to become one of our diocesan bishops last time around; but the bid failed – because of orchestrated clerical opposition to his stance on the Inlusivity’ of the Anglican… Read more »

Jonathan in New Zealand
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Colin and Edith have friends all over the world, New Zealand included. We feel so far away and yet strangely close on the unwelcome news of Colin’s illness and death. I have known him for nearly 25 years; a big man in every sense, a fine priest and loyal friend, he will be missed terribly.

Rest in peace and rise in glory my friend,
There’s a tree in the garden, would you pick a lemon for the gin please? 🙂

Peter Edwards
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Peter Edwards

A triple Requiem at Benidorm this morning for ordinand Chris Moxley, the husband of Elizabeth, the Rector of Aston Clinton; for the NZ miners, squaring the circle of Edith Slee’s origins; and for Colin who had died only 9 hours earlier. Decent enough Obituaries, thus far, but too much of Colin’s so-called liberalism – and only in the Guardian a mention of his orthodoxy. Now that Colin has gone from us, perhaps the media will give him more credit as no mere rabble-rouser, but as someone who endlessly, and in the best tradition of the prophets, proclaimed truth at some… Read more »

Pluralist
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Perhaps Colin Slee’s death is iconic.

JCF
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JCF

…and flights of angels sing him to his rest. I pray he *already* hears “Well done, good and faithful servant!”

Charmian Griffiths
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Charmian Griffiths

What terribly sad news! I grew to love Colin so much over the past ten or twelve years, whenever I visited our beautiful Southwark Cathedral. I was honoured to represent the nearby Guild of Registered Tourist Guides for the launch of the restoration Appeal Fund and the dedication of this great work, when I had the honour of meeting Lord and Lady Howe, Archbishop Tutu and Nelson Mandela. As a member of the Friends of Southwark Cathedral, I loved receiving his Christmas card. Charmian Griffiths, London Blue Badge Guide

Suzy Edwards
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Suzy Edwards

Colin blessed me and the rest of the St Albans Abbey Girl Guides before we set off to pitch our tents. It was unforgettable and an honour to be at the altar, feel his hand on our heads and hear him say “God bless you and keep you and have a good camp” as he moved along the line of blue uniforms…I wished I had met him again, admiring all I heard as i followed his career – instead I found myself canoeing in Doubtful Sound in New Zealand with Edith Slee. My love to Colin and his family.

Anthony Archer
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Anthony Archer

Big presence; his loss will be felt widely in the Church. I served with him for while as a central member of the CNC. The Telegraph has it quite wrong in its obituary. May he rest in peace.

Robert Ian williams
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Robert Ian williams

I disagreed with his theology, but he was a least a conviction person and not a clerical careerist.

Neil Warby
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Neil Warby

Very sad news. Colin was our next door neighbour when he lived in Norwich. My memories of him are very fond. How could you not like a man who called his cat Enoch!
May he rest in peace.

DAVID PAYNE
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DAVID PAYNE

I was at school with Colin and we rowed together,and met occassionaly at reunions. He was a cheerful forthright chap who would never avoid answering an awkward question, which is a rare thing with clergy.
You rowed a good race-get those angels in L’Allegro.

Ruth Saunders
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Ruth Saunders

I was on VSO with Colin in New Guinea – I have followed his life in the church since that time, and was shocked to open the Guardian this week. The Anglican church and its people, urgently need men and women like Colin who are prepared to say those things which need to be said to stop us speeding away from the way of Christ. My thoughts are with the family at this very sad time, but the Anglican church will also be a sadder place without him.

Virginia Gibbs
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How very sad – I have tremendous respect for the work Colin did and hope that many will be inspired by his example.

As it turns out, I was in London the week before he passed, and happened to spot the Archbishop of Canterbury (the hair is unmistakable, even from behind) dropping by the Provost’s Lodging. It must have been a simple pastoral visit, between friends. Whatever my feelings about the ABC’s positions, that act of kindness is deeply moving to me.

Well done, son of the good saint Nicholas. Well done you.

Chris Leigh
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Chris Leigh

We will miss a truly great man and Pastor who in his actions and his speech has taught and shown us the fundemental Christian message of the inclusivenss of all Creation and that love for one’s neighbour is the only way.
A simple but difficult message not unlike the man himself.

Jim McLaughlin
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Jim McLaughlin

Colin came on a business course I directed when he was rebuilding the conference centre at Southwark. He was magic. Provocative, supportive, a warm and loving presence with a sparkling wit and fine brain. He was one of our favourite participants of all time. His capability and loving just shone through.

Colin Slee was relevant and vibrant. The Anglican Church would do well to have more like him in leadership positions. I hope he has found his reward. RIP to an inspiring man.