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Saturday, September 16, 2006

British Priest David A Hart on Exploration of the "oneness" of religions

He is the secretary of World Congress of Faiths

Priest converts to Hinduism, sparks row: The Times of India, 15 Sep, 2006 1622hrs ISTAFP

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: Anglican priest David A Hart, whose open espousal of Hinduism has sparked a debate in British religious circles, says he will continue his exploration of the 'oneness' of religion unfazed by the consequences it could have on his priesthood.

"Some people say my license as a priest is under review. I am not doing anything wrong here. I am a convert to the Hinduism here because that is the local religion. And practicing Hinduism is in no way incompatible with my faith in Christ," Hart, now staying at Karumam near here, said.

After coming to know about his "conversion", Church Times of the Church of England (C of E) has launched a debate and online poll on the feasibility of allowing Hart to officiate as a priest.

Attached to the diocese of Ely in England, 52-year-old Hart had taught theology at the University of Derby for several years. Though he had visited India several times since 1987, he came here for an extended stay last year teaching English and theology in a local seminary.

Dressed in a saffron 'dhoti' and pristine white shirt, Hart the other day enthusiastically mingled with local crowd in celebrating Sri Krishna Jayanthi and, a few days back, was seen worshiping Lord Ganesh.

Hart said he had not received any official communication from the Bishop of Ely about his priesthood being reconsidered.

Hart's 'pooja room' at his house here has pictures of Christ and Krishna, Virgin Mary and Saraswati, the Hindu Goddess of art and learning.

There is even a plastic 'nagar,' the serpant revered and worshipped by the Hindus. Also, on the wall of the drawing room was displayed a poster depicting the holy places of Islam. Continue reading

See also:
  • Anglican priest defends himself on conversion to Hinduism Saturday September 16 2006 00:00 IST
  • Hindu to Celebrate Eucharist in Church of England,
    Hinduism no barrier to job as priest in Church of England
    By Ruth Gledhill, Religion Correspondent, THE TIMES, Sept. 8, 2006
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