Cathedral appoints new canon for Community Affairs and Blackburn College Chaplain role

Blackburn Cathedral have announced the appointment of The Revd Shannon Ledbetter as a new Residentiary Canon responsible for Community Affairs.This post seeks to combine the outreach and education role of the Cathedral with the pastoral responsibilities of a College Chaplain. The aim of the post is to enhance the partnership working of recent years by working with Blackburn College to provide Chaplaincy services to the students, staff and visitors of all faiths or none and to further develop the community outreach of the Cathedral.
Shannon is an American who has lived in Oxford, London and Liverpool and is looking forward to moving to Blackburn. She attended Virginia Theological Seminary and had previously worked for the British Tourist Authority as the PR Executive promoting Britain to the American media.
Shannon most recently moved to England 15 years ago to pursue her PhD in Theology at Liverpool Hope University, a fully ecumenical Church College. Subsequent to her receiving her Doctorate, she lectured in the Religious and Theological Studies Department and also created
and ran a Department called Church and Community Connections. The Department was dedicated to integrating religious conversation into the public realm and to bringing the College’s resources out into the wider community. From January 2005 to May 2009 Shannon was Project
Manager, New Anfield/Breckfield, employed by Liverpool City Council and working with commercial, community and public partners to deliver the regeneration initiatives associated with a proposed new stadium for Liverpool Football Club and the restoration of a listed Victorian park. This role included responsibility (alongside Canon Andrea Titterington as Regeneration Director for LFC) for major regeneration projects, community facilities, education, health, arts projects and housing.
Shannon also founded and is Chair of the Board of Trustees for Liverpool Habitat for Humanity, a unique housing charity which has adopted an unusual approach to deliver 32 low-cost homes in the Granby/Toxteth district of Liverpool. The Charity utilises volunteer labour and that of the future homeowners to build the homes.
Shannon is “excited about becoming part of the Blackburn cathedral congregation and community and very much looking forward to building upon the wonderful foundations developed by Canon Chivers and Anjum Anwar, MBE.”
Shannon will be installed at Choral Evensong in the Cathedral on the 9 October 2011 at 4pm.

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