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Again and again

5 December 2008

No, not “Again and again in peace let us pray to the Lord” but again and again we keep hearing of the atrocities of the Brewer brothers in destroying Christian bookshops.

Hat-tip to Phil Groom for this link to an article in the Northern Echo:

AN unholy row has broken out over the running of a cathedral bookshop.

More than 300 people have signed a petition calling on the Dean and Chapter of Durham Cathedral to “rescue” its shop from its US owners.

Critics say Phil and Mark Brewer’s Saint Stephen the Great Trust has “ravaged” the shop, once described as “the best theological bookshop in the world”, leaving it a shadow of its former self.

The trust took over the bookshop from the Society for Promoting Christian Knowledge in November 2006.

That one touches me personally, as I was a student at St Chad’s College, Durham, and like many other students, I used to patronise the bookshop.

Many of the best books in my library were bought there, thanks to SPCK, which not only made the books available in the bookshop, but also provided a generous subsidy to enable theological students to purchase them.

So I have memories of many happy hours spent browsing in the Durham Cathedral book shop, and it is sad to think of all that been wrecked, and even sadder to think of all the opportunities missed.

I’m reminded of Mad Bob Mugabe’s seemingly insatiable urge to destroy Zimbabwe.

Again and again we keep hearing of new feats of destruction of the former SPCK Bookshops.

Wouldn’t it be nice to hear some good news for a change.

5 Comments leave one →
  1. 5 December 2008 6:22 pm

    Thanks for this, Steve. Actually the h/t goes to Matt Wardman — he posted that one, just didn’t credit himself. Have now updated.

    Anyone reading who shares these concerns: please do read & sign the petition. The more support we can give to the Dean and Chapter as they try to get rid of these parasites, the better. Thank you.

  2. 5 December 2008 8:50 pm

    A very sad thing to see.

  3. asingleblog permalink
    5 December 2008 10:16 pm

    I would like to echo Phil Groom’s thanks Steve. When one diocese decided to get rid of the Brewers, Mark Brewer labelled the diocese anti-Orthodox. It didn’t matter to him that an Orthodox group was using the Cathedral for worship. It would be great if your readers sign the petition and identify themselves as Orthodox. We do not want the Brewers accusing Durham Cathedral of being anti-Orthodox especially when there is a very definite interest here in Orthodox literature.

  4. 7 December 2008 2:45 am

    I’ve signed the petition. I visited that bookshop back in 2001 when I came to Durham as a pilgrim. I am ashamed of what the Brewers are doing there in the name of Orthodoxy.

  5. asingleblog permalink
    7 December 2008 3:01 pm

    Thank you Fr. Damick and Steve.

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