Nicholas Henshall

Nicholas Henshall has been Dean of Chelmsford since 2014. He served as a parish priest for fourteen years in inner-city Newcastle, followed by six years as Canon Precentor of Derby Cathedral, and five as vicar of Christ Church, Harrogate. He worked for BBC local radio for six years and writes regularly for the Roman Catholic international weekly, The Tablet.

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Holy Ground and Common Ground

GUEST BLOG: Nicholas Henshall, Dean of Chelmsford, reflects on what the COVID-19 lockdown has meant for him and the work of his cathedral. Recently, on my daily exercise walk, I bumped into Richard. Richard has been living rough for most of the time I have known him, and the Cathedral is a plac…

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Nicholas Henshall: How I Write

GUEST BLOG: What is Nicholas Henshall’s secret to writing effectively? Most of my writing comes from a passionate concern to get a message across. I hope that is obvious in the three chapters I have added a the end of Dear Nicholas…. Preaching has had a central role in my mi…

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Working beyond Barriers

Nicholas Henshall explores the role of cathedrals like his in helping the Church to work beyond barriers in today’s world. I’m Dean of Chelmsford. No one really has any idea what a Dean is or does—and there are only 42 of us in the country so it’s quite a niche ma…

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A Church Without Boundaries

The Sheppard-Worlock Statue, Liverpool GUEST BLOG: In this Week of Prayer for Christian Unity, Nicholas Henshall (Dean of Chelmsford) gives a fascinating and uplifting account of the excellent work done to bring denominations together in Liverpool during his father’s time as Bishop of…

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Where Does Dear Nicholas… Come From?

GUEST BLOG: The book Dear Nicholas… wasn't really intended as a book at all. Nicholas Henshall, the original recipient of the letter and now Dean of Chelmsford, reveals all. The book Dear Nicholas… started life as a letter. My dad, Michael Henshall, was a parish priest in Manc…

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Culture and Society

GUEST BLOG: Nicholas Henshall, Dean of Chelmsford, explains why his father’s letter written 30 years ago remains absolutely relevant for ministers today. Any book about ministry and the church is also a book about culture and society—about what's happening in the world. Everythi…

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A new era of Cathedral governance - a Dean's perspective

GUEST BLOG: Nicholas Henshall, Dean of Chelmsford, gives his insights on the new Cathedrals Working Group report. The report cites his chapter from Holy Ground. The final version of the Cathedral Working Group (CWG) report is out today, properly timetabled in order to be ready for the synodical (…

Added about 2 years ago.

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