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Honouring Norman Young

Some readers of Journey will remember Rev Dr (now Professor Emeritus) Norman Young, who was Deputy Master of Kings College and Lecturer in Theology in the Methodist Church from 1960 to 1963.

In late November I had the opportunity to attend a Conference in Melbourne to honour Norman on the occasion of his 80th birthday and the 50th anniversary of his ordination.

The theme as chosen by Norman was Immense, Unfathomed, Unconfined: the Grace of God in Creation, Church and Community.

The respect with which Norman and his wife Barbara are regarded was obvious as many of Norman’s former students and colleagues from as far a field as the United States gathered for this celebration.

Dr Geoff Thompson and I were among the former students present, along with Prof Cliff Hospital now living in the USA.

A number of strong impressions emerged: Norman’s humility, the breadth of his interest and depth of his discipleship, his still-clear and incisive presentation, and the influence of Wesley hymns.

It is anticipated that a collection of essays from the conference will be published early in 2011.