Comments: Bishop of Chelmsford

The first for many a moon not to be called John!

Posted by RPNewark at Monday, 22 March 2010 at 8:44am GMT

'I am hungry for us to be a church that connects with every person and every community'.

That sounds promising.

Posted by Richard Ashby at Monday, 22 March 2010 at 12:32pm GMT

The first for many a moon not to be called John!

Posted by: RPNewark on Monday, 22 March 2010 at 8:44am GMT

Yes a real break with that tradition going back over 30 years !

Posted by Rev L Roberts at Monday, 22 March 2010 at 3:31pm GMT

Yes with his Staggers background he should be well place to embrace lesbian and gay people and communities and so follow in the steps of the last John.

Posted by Rev L Roberts at Monday, 22 March 2010 at 9:01pm GMT

Interesting appointment - Cottrell turned down Coventry two years ago as he apparaently wanted to stay in Reading until his children had finished their education. But a bigger diocese comes a calling......

Posted by Daniel D at Tuesday, 23 March 2010 at 12:35am GMT

"What sustains me in ministry is the joy and beauty of the Gospel. I want us to be a Church that is gospel-centred, servant-hearted and mission-focused. I am hungry for us to be a Church that connects with every person and every community."
- Bishop Stephen Cottrell -

Sounds very encouraging! From what I've heard - over here in New Zealand - he has been a very good Bishop of Reading, and with his doughty 'Staggers' background, no doubt 'Firm in The Faith' without necessary claiming to be 'forward in faith'. All we need now is for Jeffrey John to be appointed to Reading and some sort of balance might be gained.

Posted by Father Ron Smith at Tuesday, 23 March 2010 at 1:29am GMT
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