Author Archives: Revd Canon Ian Black

About Revd Canon Ian Black

Ian is currently 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. On 17th January 2021 he was announced as the next Dean of Newport Cathedral in the Diocese of Monmouth in South Wales. 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.

Mark – Gospel for Tiggers (and Poohs)

If you have exciting news, how easy do you find it to keep it to yourself? Are you someone who can keep your cool with total poker face, or do you look like you are about to explode if you … Continue reading

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Looking for the sheep not of this fold

If you are brave and go up onto the top of the church tower – I say brave because it gets a bit dicey towards the top – there is quite a view of the surrounding area. You can see … Continue reading

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Mark – A story to tell

When I was thinking about where to film this final recorded sermon before I move on to Newport, one place in the cathedral came to mind first. It was here, near to the Hedda Stone. This is a link with … Continue reading

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The ecology of God’s forgiveness: 4 Rs

If you do something wrong, or mess something up with consequences for others, how hard are you on yourself? Many of us are our own worst critics. And if someone else does something wrong, or messes something up with consequences … Continue reading

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Prince Philip: Spotlight on service from the sidelines

We are used to focussing our attention on the main characters in a film or play or story. They take centre stage and much of the plotlines revolve around them. A lot of media and popular culture is star-studded and … Continue reading

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Easter – New life in us, for us, among us, transforming the world

The link between Easter and spring is quite a long one. It is so close that the two get amalgamated and Easter becomes just a celebration of the cycle of life, new life with familiar images. I spotted this Easter … Continue reading

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Good Friday – Jesus’ #MeToo Moment

One of the less visited hidden areas of this cathedral is the gaol. Like all medieval abbeys, which were also the local Lords of the Manor, in our case the Soke of Peterborough, Peterborough Abbey had a gaol. It’s just … Continue reading

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Maundy Thursday – Bread & Wine, Water & A Towel: Foundations of Christian Living

Our readings this evening are full of drama (1 Corinthians 11:23-26; John 13:1-17, 31b-35). Maundy Thursday starts with a party but very quickly things turn sour and Jesus takes his last steps to the cross as he is betrayed and … Continue reading

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Palm Sunday – More donkey, less war horse

This is the second year in a row that we have not been able to gather together for Palm Sunday. Usually we would read the long Passion narrative, the account in one of the gospels of Jesus’ arrest, trial, and … Continue reading

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Counting Stuff – the Cross subverts what we think matters

Today is Census Day. Today everyone is required to complete the National Census (in England, Wales and Northern Ireland that is – Scotland has deferred its census until next year). This has taken place every 10 years since 1801 and … Continue reading

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