Julian Eagle started working for the Churches in the Southampton and Eastleigh areas at some point in the 1960s as a curate. He soon realised, following the lead given in other parts of the country at the time, that his passion was going to be for the workplace and the people in it. So this is where he worked for about 30 years.
One of his colleagues in that time – in the mid to late 1980s, was Malcolm Brown – now the Revd Dr Malcolm Brown, who is currently the Church of England’s Director of Mission and Public service and member of the Archbishops’ Council. IBEX invited Malcolm to deliver a lecture in memory of Julian, which Malcolm readily agreed to. A video link to the lecture itself can be found here:
The first couple of minutes of this are an introduction from David Wrighton – the current team leader of IBEX and a colleague of Julian’s in his early time with the organisation. The lecture itself is a heady mix of deep theology, informed comment and affectionate tribute – it was appreciated on many levels by a wide range of people. It also puts Julian’s work and theology alongside that of John Atherton, an almost exact contemporary and sparring partner of Julian’s who was very similar in outlook and priorities, perhaps, but very different in many other ways.
One thing that became abundantly clear was that Julian LOVED people first and foremost – a genuine love even if he deeply disagreed with them. And because of that, he was loved by many. A man – a considerable man – well worth remembering.