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Philip Cotterell

When did you first come to Bloomsbury, and why?

Some time in 2011, when I'd recently moved to central London and was looking for a church. I first visited Bloomsbury because it was easy to reach on the Northern line and because it seemed likely to not have certain characteristics which I'd decided to avoid.

What do you admire and enjoy most about the church?

There is a commitment to putting our faith into practice in concrete and tangible ways. And it is a sanctuary from some harmful and destructive ways of being church. 

What one aspect do you especially love?

The main reason I came a second time (and then a third, and etc.) after my first visit was that I was very impressed by the preaching of Ruth Gouldbourne, a previous minister. I suppose the preaching at Bloomsbury is still the most significant thing for me, though individual ministers move on.

What do you hope for the future of Bloomsbury?

As the treasurer, inevitably I hope for the financial sustainability of the church and its ministries

Do you have a memorable moment of an event at the church?

My wedding! (A small part of which was conducted in Quenya; there are probably not too many ministers who would have embraced that idea.) 

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