Anjali Kanagaratnam

Ordinand, Diocese of Salisbury
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I am currently a final year ordinand who will who be ordained later this year and will serve my curacy in a rural benefice in Wiltshire. My journey towards ordination has been a long one, spanning over a decade, and a number of people have played a significant role in my discernment journey, encouraging, supporting and challenging me. I would now love to be able to journey with others along this most exciting and life-changing journey.

Born in Sri Lanka, I moved to the UK when I was 11 and after university, taught RE in secondary schools. I gave up teaching when I had my oldest child and had a long career break during which I was licensed as a Lay Minister in my local church and was involved as a volunteer in a number of church and community-based groups. During this time, we also lived abroad twice and I was involved ministry and mission there, including refugees and trafficked women.

An important part of my formation journey at theological college has been discovering that God calls all of me to my role as minister, including my ethnicity. I would love the Church of England to reflect the diversity of society more and would be happy to mentor those from a range of social backgrounds or of BAME origin as they consider the call of God on their lives and how best they can respond to that call. I am willing to meet in person (if you live nearby) or am happy to mentor online. The frequency of the meetings and timings can be negotiated mutually.

I live with my husband, Neil, and our three children and Milo the dog. My interests include music (piano and singing), reading, travel and baking.

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