Lionel Blue

… can now boast that he is a doc­tor

The Jewish Chronicle - - PEOPLE -

LIONEL BLUE, the first openly gay rabbi in the UK, is now a Doc­tor of Di­vin­ity af­ter re­ceiv­ing an hon­orary de­gree from Durham Univer­sity. The award is for his schol­arly and litur­gi­cal con­tri­bu­tion to the Re­form Jewish tra­di­tion and his work as a com­mu­ni­ca­tor of re­li­gious ideas and val­ues to mod­ern sec­u­lar so­ci­ety.

Rabbi Blue, who turns 77 in Fe­bru­ary, tells Peo­ple: “I was amazed to re­ceive a de­gree, as I have been un­able to visit Durham for a cou­ple of years now.” He ex­plained how “visit­ing Durham has given [me] a sec­ond chance, hav­ing had a break­down study­ing for my first de­gree at Ox­ford in the 1950s”.

Rabbi Blue, known for his Thought for the Day on BBC Ra­dio 4’s To­day Pro­gramme, has lec­tured on a di­verse range of top­ics, in­clud­ing chang­ing at­ti­tude’s to­wards ho­mo­sex­u­al­ity, laugh­ter as a form of med­i­cal ther­apy, and the me­dia and re­li­gion.

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