© CHRISM 2019

CHRISM CHRistians in Secular Ministry CHRISM on Facebook Chrism on Linkedin


CHRISM is The National Association for all Christians who see their secular employment as their primary Christian ministry and for those who support that vision. Most of us during our major active years spend the bulk of our time, talents and energy in secular occupations of some sort, some paid, some unpaid. All of us have responsibilities and some degree of power in those roles, some are even in positions where the decisions we make can affect the lives and well-being of thousands of our fellow men and women. For those who are also Christian ministers it is vital to see how the great Christian truths are fully consistent with our working experience and with contemporary scientific and social understanding, for an essential part of our ministry must be to support and nurture those around us who also recognise and apply these truths in their working lives or are seeking to do so. The fundamental aims of CHRISM are:

To help ourselves and others to celebrate the presence of God and the holiness of life in our work, and to see and tell the Christian story there.

To foster these aims CHRISM publishes a quarterly journal and occasional papers, holds an annual conference, organises occasional retreats, a monthly online discussion group, and pursues worldwide links.


CHRISM Theology Discussion Group - Next Meeting

This Discussion Group, which is open to all CHRISM members, provides an online forum where we can reflect on and discuss the theological aspects of our work. We meet monthly by Zoom for an hour and a half.  Recent topics have included: The Importance of our Work to God and Us, The Idea of Rest, What is Work?, Justice at Work, the Kingdom at Work Project, Eternal Life, Christian Perspectives on Conflict in the Workplace, Organisational values - Help or hindrance to ministry in the workplace?, Is it OK to be ambitious?, Who is Jesus?, and Neighbourliness at Work.

Our next meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, 19 January 2022 from 19.30-21.00 (UK time) when I will lead our discussion on the subject of "What difference does ordination make to ministry at work?"

On the evening of Wednesday, 16 February 2022, I am pleased to advise that Deacon Dr. Davd Clark will be leading what promises to be a very interesting session on "The prophetic vocation."

If you are interested in joining the Theology Discussion Group, please email me at rev.julian.e.blakemore@gmail.com and I will add you to the invitation list so that you receive Zoom links for this and future meetings.

We look forward to welcoming you.

Julian Blakemore

Reflective Weekend 11th – 13th February 2022

Place, Space and the Social Imaginary: the Eucharist in Community

It is with great regret that we have decided that it is not practical to hold a physical reflective weekend, due to the continued risks presented by Covid.  But we hope that this will enable even more people to join us for an on-line event.  Please register yourself and send this information on to anyone you know who might be interested.

Celebrating where MSEs are 

Place, Space and the Social Imaginary: the Eucharist in Community


On-line Zoom Event Saturday 12th February 2022

Led by Jessica Martin 

10am to 4pm, with breaks, and followed by a bar session


During the day we will explore the Eucharist in domestic space and in virtual space, the connections (and disconnections) the pandemic experience of virtual Eucharists has created with the daily lives and work of worshippers, and the longer-term theological implications of our practice of Eucharist during the recent period of social restrictions.

Jessica Martin trained as an Anglican priest, pursuing her academic and priestly vocations as a self-supporting minister. Her academic work focused on religious writing and religious lives in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. In 2010 she left academic life to become a parish priest in South Cambridgeshire and has been Residentiary Canon for Learning at Ely Cathedral since 2016.

Detailed timing and programme to follow but please register now on Eventbrite here.  

A registration fee of £ 10 will cover admin expenses and a token of thanks.  Any queries about registration, please contact rob.fox36@gmail.com