Saturday, 15 February 2014
Will Rose Hudson-Wilkin be the first female bishop? Who knows but if she is: will she increase the number of Black bishops in the Church of England by 100%? Apart from His Grace, the Archbishop of York I can currently think of no others. In past years Croydon, Rochester, Stepney and Birmingham have been ministered to by Black or Asian bishops but I'd be hard pressed to think of any others within the Established Church.
Ah, thank you Rachel Held Evans - the Titus 2 treatment for men! I should share this with a female Senior Minister in our church....oops, no female Senior Ministers in our church.
I love the picture of Graeme Buttery - my wife has the same dressing gown as the lady in the background!
No irony at all in reporting the difficulty in filling Fr North's former parish - why didn't they tell us where he had moved to? Maybe the heading should have been 'North heads South'.
A quick glance at the Church Times jobs and there are actually very few jobs listed in the North for the last several weeks.....
Indeed Fr. Paul "North heads South" would make a good headline but when Fr. Philip North was offered the Northern suffragan see of Whitby such was the reaction of certain people in North Yorkshire that he decided to decline the call to episcopacy, even after the announcement of his appointment was made and he was photographed with Archbishop Sentamu. Consequently the people of the Whitby in the Archiepiscopal diocese of York lost out on the opportunity to have a first rate suffragan bishop. Several months down the line we still await an announcement as to the identity of the next Bishop of Whitby. Having just returned from celebrating the 1662 service of Holy Communion I earnestly prayed in the prayer for the Church Militant that God would inspire "the universal Church with the spirit of truth, unity and concord".