Jim Cotter was an Anglican priest and wordsmith whose prayers, psalms, and hymns helped men and women forge a modern spirituality. Writing and speaking for nearly 50 years, he shared his spiritual and religious experiences with a large network of people built up through his work with Cairns, his publishing organisation begun in the 1980s when he was living in Sheffield and closely connected with St Mark’s. This was a personal as well as a public process, as he described the challenges of being gay and latterly his battle with leukaemia (which led to his death in 2014 at the age of 72). His prayers in books such as Prayer in the Day, Prayer at Night, and Pilgrim Prayer are modern classics. Nearly 30 other books and pamphlets followed, and he became an editor, compiler, and publisher for more than 15 other writers.
He was the first honorary secretary of the Gay Christian Movement (now OneBodyOneFaith), and his personal story, particularly his bouts of depression (described in Brainsquall), helped others in a similar position to come to terms with their life, sexuality, and spirituality.
Jim enjoyed travelling, and lectured, conducted retreats, and broadcast in the United States, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand. He described his ministry as free-range, one of quiet prayer, simple hospitality, and thoughtful conversation: sharing meals, stories, and laughter with friends, and walking the hills, shaping words, and deepening solitude and simplicity.
The Jim Cotter Trust was set up in accordance with Jim’s wishes, and aims to support trust projects concerned with prayer and reflection on matters of common concern for groups of people within the Christian Churches, between Christianity and other world faiths and between Christianity and secular groups concerned with the well-being of humankind in general.
The Jim Cotter Trust has provided generous funding to set up CRCOnline which was launched on 29th February 2020 at St Mark's Church, Broomhill. Use the player below to listen to a audio recording of appreciations of Jim Cotter given by Stephen Lowe and Tracey Byrne at the event.