Ipswich/Framlingham: BBC journalist embarks on church career

Former journalist Jim Corrigall at his induction service at Ipswich Unitarian Meeting House.

Former journalist Jim Corrigall at his induction service at Ipswich Unitarian Meeting House. - Credit: Contributed

A FORMER journalist has swapped the newsroom for the pulpit as he embarks on a new career.

A FORMER journalist has swapped the newsroom for the pulpit as he embarks on a new career.

The Reverend Jim Corrigall will be welcomed onto the roll of ministers of the General Assembly of Unitarian and Free Christian Churches next month. The former BBC World Service journalist has been minister at Ipswich and Framlingham Unitarian meeting houses since the end of last year.

Mr Corrigall, who served as president of the National Union of Journalists in 2004/5, was an atheist until 10 years ago when he found Unitarianism at what he describes as “a time of spiritual upheaval”.

“This led me to explore my spirituality, really for the first time,” he said. “I was delighted to find a faith that encouraged me to explore and to discover a path that was right for me.

“After two or three years, I found that liberal Christianity could provide me a serious path, and this has been my faith position ever since – although I still feel I’m on a journey of discovery.”

Mr Corrigall has a particular interest in mysticism and introduced a course on Ignatian spirituality, as well as a poetry-sharing group, at Ipswich.

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