Peter Owen-Jones is a well known face on BBC TV, presenting several religious programmes in recent years, most notably “Around The World in 80 Faiths” and “Extreme Pilgrim”. He is also a Church of England vicar in East Sussex, a job he has done for the past eighteen years. Previously He had worked in the world of advertising, after having left school at aged 16 and travelled round Australia, before returning to live in London. Eventually he became disillusioned with the quest for money and trained to be an Anglican priest in his late 20s. He has also written several books, of which, “Letters from An Extreme Pilgrim” came out last year, where he writes various letters to different people in his life including his children, God, the Prime Minister and Jim Morrison of the Doors. Last year he was in a three-part BBC Two series, How to Live a Simple Life, where he attempted to follow in the footsteps of St Francis of Assisi and live a life free of money.
Around the world in 80 faiths
Anglican vicar, Peter Owen Jones, embarks on an epic challenge - to travel the globe and observe and take part in the most important rituals of 80 of the world's faiths. View BBC Page
I understand that you left school at sixteen and ended up in Australia, and then got into the world of advertising. Could you tell us a little of how that happened and what your life was like then?
For the past 18 years you have been a vicar in the Church of England. What were the circumstances that lead you to the Church of England and how have you found it since then?
nd the World in 80 Faiths” you underwent a sort of World Tour. How long did it take and was it a continuous journey or did you did it in sections.
Experiencing all these faiths, was there any that you thought “Oh I quite like this faith. I could easily leave the Church of England and start believing in this?”
Last year you took part in a BBC2 programme called “How to Live A Simple Life” where you attempted to live without money. Was that easy and do you think we will eventually live in a world without money?
Your latest book, Letters From An Extreme Pilgrim, came out last year and in it you write letters to different people in your life, such as your children, your parents, the Prime Minister, God and Jesus. I must say what you said in some of the letters was most like you were baring your soul. How difficult was it for you to write those letters?
You’re a big fan of Jim Morrison and The Doors. What is it do you think that attracts you to their music?
You are currently a vicar of three different parishes in rural East Sussex. Can you see yourself staying here for many years, or do you think you will eventually move somewhere else?
Have you any more TV programmes in the pipeline, or indeed any books?
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