This is a story about a clergyman, feared by some, misunderstood by many, loved by thousands but mightily used by God was the epitaph stated at his funeral to describe Canon Jim Glennon, founder of the famed healing ministry in St Andrew's Cathedral Sydney, Australia. Glennon, known in some circles as "the man who made religious healing respectable"was a larger-than-life, sometimes controversial figure who shunned personal publicity yet gained national and international attention because of his devotion to a topic once considered the domain of fringe bodies and quackery.
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A Healing Ministry - My recollections of Canon Jim Glennon
George Carey, Lord Carey of Clifton - Former Archbishop of Canterbury, 1991-2002
Healing as a ministry was central to Jesus Christ but, sadly, on the periphery of what the Church is about today. Jim Glennon’s discovery of its significance is the concern of this book as it studies the remarkable life of a pioneer in the practice of healing.
I got to know Jim when I paid an official visit to Sydney in the 90’s. A larger than life individual walked into the vestry where I was robing, introduced himself as Jim and with all the naturalness that comes from Australians comfortable within their own skin, proceeded to address me as George! Jim, I think, saw me as a fellow Christian who also believed that God’s power is still available for Christians today. He was fully aware that God uses ordinary as well as special means of healing, and he was alert to remind everyone that God, known to us as Father through Jesus, is always at hand to empower, bless and heal. Sid Eavis’s book also tells a story about a man who loved people and kept in touch with them. I was very moved when, having had a pasting at the hands of the English media, Jim wrote to me assuring me of his prayers and offering some healing words that strengthened me in my determination to carry on without faltering.
We sometimes hear the words ‘We shall not see his like again’. That may well be true of Jim Glennon and, indeed, Jim would be uncomfortable and horrified in his lifetime if there was any touch of glorifying his ministry. He wanted others to be like his Lord. But if this book helps others to rediscover the power of God’s healing touch and to follow him more nearly, then I believe Jim in Glory would be humbly delighted.
Canon Jim Glennon established the Healing Ministry at St. Andrew's Cathedral, Sydney, Australia in September 1960. He was unique in that he not only taught people the "why" of faith for healing, but also the "how". He was well equipped to do this, through his own experience of having being healed by God from severe anxiety and depression.
"The Healing Ministry," Canon Jim would say, "is knowing what God has provided, and acting upon it through repentance and faith." He would often add, "Simple it is; easy it is not!"
In 1987, doctors didn’t offer the author’s wife, Jenny, much hope of a cure when she was diagnosed with cancer. After considering alternative therapies, she was introduced to Canon Glennon’s ministry, first through his books and then at St. Andrew’s Cathedral Sydney. Desperate, she decided to give it a try, and was healed.