Reflecting on his early fame as a self-declared Chartist revolutionary, Kingsley was unrepentant: “I got a name and a standing with many a one who would never have heard of me because of, not in spite of, the rows.” Kingsley combined the routine duties of parish priest with regular appearances on national media. Giles Fraser does the same today: as a former Guardian columnist, regular guest on BBC radio, and priest-in-charge of St Mary’s Newington in South London. What are the challenges of being a priest and pundit? 45mins plus Q&A
Fraser has been involved in social and political advocacy and according to The Daily Telegraph “would be the first to admit that he is fond of the sound of his own voice”.
From 2004 to 2013, Fraser had a weekly column in the Church Times. Since 2009, he has been an honorary canon of the Diocese of Sefwi-Wiawso in Ghana.
From 1997 to 2006, he was a chaplain and then a lecturer in philosophy at Wadham College, Oxford. He is the author or co-author of several books and is a specialist on the writings of the German philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche. Fraser has lectured on moral leadership for the British Army at the Defence Academy at Shrivenham.
From 2000 to 2009, he was the Team Rector of St Mary’s Putney, where he campaigned to raise the profile of the Putney Debates (1647). Fraser was the founder of Inclusive Church and campaigns for lesbian and gay inclusion within the church. He was voted Stonewall Hero of the Year in 2012.