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Wilfred Owen's VoicesLanguage and Community$
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Douglas Kerr

Print publication date: 1993

Print ISBN-13: 9780198123705

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198123705.001.0001

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The Work of the Ministry

The Work of the Ministry

(p.103) 8 The Work of the Ministry
Wilfred Owen's Voices

Douglas Kerr

Oxford University Press

Revd W. H. Griffith Thomas delivered a speech regarding The Training of Candidates for Holy Orders at the Pan-Anglican Congress in 1908. During the Edwardian era, few people were perceived to be more qualified than Griffith Thomas in terms of discussing such church matters. At that time, Griffith Thomas served as the Principal at Oxford's theological training college, was a respected teacher and scholar, and also, according to Kenneth Hylson-Smith, ‘one of the most intellectually competent Evangelicals of his generation’. In his address, it was asserted that candidates for work in the Church should have general education preparation, but the candidate had to be tested intellectually, spiritually, and pastorally. Also, the candidate should learn the art of preaching and speaking. This chapter examines Owen's experiences in the vicarage and how he was exposed to the affairs and language of the Church.

Keywords:   Griffith Thomas, candidates, preaching, speaking, vicarage, language of the Church, Church

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