Thinking allowed

About Thinking allowed

Simon Kershaw photoI’m Simon Kershaw and I work for a software company in Cambridge. I have worked in the industry for several decades, after reading physics at Oxford. I’ve been married to Karen for over 30 years, and we have two adult children and one grandchild. Karen and I are long-time members of All Saints’ Church, St Ives, where Karen sings in the choir and I’m a server and bell ringer. I’m also Lay Chair of the Ely diocesan synod, a lay canon of Ely Cathedral and a member of the Liturgical Commission of the Church of England.

Thinking allowed is a place for me to write about topics that take my interest. Over the last 15 years this has largely been about liturgy and bellringing, but in the future I shall probably include other subjects, such as issues of social justice and liberal Christianity; church architecture; computer software; typography, books, heraldry, Little Gidding, and perhaps other stuff too.

The title alludes to the Thinking Anglicans blog, which I have helped run since it began in 2003. It indicates that the important things in life — faith and morals, politics, art, even work, have to be thought about and considered critically, not just accepted without debate: we are allowed to think. It’s also, of course, a pun on the idea that here I am simply thinking aloud — that these are often just rough, unfinished thoughts.