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A praiseworthy nomination

28 November 2008

The Reverend Canon Dr Gavin Ashenden (LLB 1976) has been appointed as Chaplain to Her Majesty the Queen.

The Reverend Canon Dr Gavin Ashenden (LLB 1976) has been appointed as Chaplain to Her Majesty the Queen. In this celebratory role Dr Ashenden will have the honour of preaching once a year at St James’ Palace, as well as being invited to the Queen’s annual garden parties.

For Dr Ashenden, who is University Chaplain and Lecturer in Humanities at the University of Sussex, the significance of this nomination lies in the fact that ‘someone, somewhere finds it important that the struggle to pursue meaning in a way that combines the Christian search and the intellectual disciplines of university life is something worth doing’. The distinction also complements his aim of ‘building a porous community of people trying to make sense of their lives as human beings and willing to let the narrative of the Gospels act as a mechanism for interpretation’.

In addition to presenting a weekly three-hour slot on the Sunday Breakfast Programme on BBC Southern Counties Radio, Dr Ashenden is also an accomplished author whose latest publication on the poet, novelist and theologian Charles Williams notably received the acclaim of the Right Honourable Dr Rowan Williams, Archbishop of Canterbury in a recent review in the TLS.

Charles Williams: Alchemy and integration is published by The Kent State University Press