Tributes to David Goodbourn
The funeral service will take place at 11.30am on Friday 21 November at Wilbraham St. Ninian's United Reformed Church in Chorlton, Manchester.
After the service there will be a short committal service and a gathering at Luther King House to celebrate David’s life. All are welcome.
Bob Fyffe, General Secretary of Churches Together in Britain and Ireland writes:
It was with great sadness today that the staff at Churches Together in Britain and Ireland learnt of the passing of its former General Secretary and former President of Luther King House, Dr David Goodbourn.
In a tribute to David, we have invited some of his previous colleagues to share with us their memories of having worked alongside him:
Bishop Angaelos, General Bishop, Coptic Orthodox Church, United Kingdom
In having dealt with my dear friend the late Dr David Goodbourn for many years, it was obvious that he had a heart for the life of the Church in Britain and Ireland and was heavily committed to the continued efforts of unifying its life and witness. David was instrumental at a time of restructuring and renewing of vision within CTBI, and his efforts, love and commitment will never be forgotten.
I pray that God grants David well deserved rest after his valiant and gracious struggle with illness for many years. While he will be truly missed, his influence and memory will always be with us.
Bob Fyffe (General Secretary of CTBI)
Having worked with David over a number of years before following him into CTBI, I can testify to the many people at home and abroad whom David has worked with and influenced. I first met him at St. Colm's College when David was running the Scottish Churches Open College. Many people across Scotland, lay and ordained, owe so much of their formation to David's enthusiasm and teaching style. It was no surprise when he was appointed as General Secretary of CTBI in 1999 where his rigorous mind and depth of knowledge across the ecumenical scene was put to best use. Following David into CTBI also allowed me to see the care and attention to detail he gave to organisational strategy and the wide vision for Christian unity that he carried within himself. David's contribution to that wider ecumenical vision was illustrated by his active involvement with the World Council of Churches and beyond. Apart from that he was one of the nicest and most Christian people I have had the privilege to know.
Margaret Swinson (former Moderator of CTBI Trustees and long-time member of the Church Representatives Meeting)
I was fortunate to work with David both at CTBI and, following his retirement, in his new role at Luther King House. His commitment to ecumenical working was exemplary as was his care and attention to all that he did which was enlivened by his gracious manner and humour.
Gillian Kingston (former Moderator of the CTBI CRM)
To have worked alongside David Goodbourn on the Church Representative Meeting was both a privilege and pleasure. David's clarity of vision and sharpness of mind surmounted challenges presented by both situations and personalities. Above all he had an engaging and infectious sense of humour which stayed with him through his illness. Ar dheas De a raibh a h-anam dilis (translated - May his sweet soul be at the right hand of God).
Peter Sulston (former Moderator of Executive Committee of CRM)
When David was General Secretary of CTBI from 1999 to 2006 he brought to the role all his skills as an adult educator, particularly his commitment to encouraging the gifts and insights of others and playing to the strengths of colleagues. Although his deep affection for Scotland was clear he always sought to be objective and churches in all four nations trusted and respected him. Although not outwardly demonstrative David's commitment to things being done properly, his quiet competence and meticulous attention to detail all inspired respect and confidence. He was not afraid to grasp nettles and managed the changes to the way CTBI worked and the necessary reduction of its activities with great professionalism. In more informal settings staff, trustees and all who worked with David were always aware of his personal warmth and dry humour.
His ‘parting thoughts' published just over a year ago reflected on what mattered knowing he had only months to live. He was grateful to know that he and his work were valued and that he was loved. His honesty and readiness to go where faith led him was both moving and challenging. The words of Julian of Norwich express, in part at least, the faith by which David lived and died: "Love is not changed by death, and nothing is lost, and all in the end is harvest". I thank God for the privilege of knowing him and working with him.
Reform magazine article
A dedicated page has been included on the CTBI website http://www.ctbi.org.uk/694 on which we are also privileged to reproduce an article written by David in Reform Magazine, shortly after having been diagnosed with cancer and which we hope you might take the time to read.