Comments: Archbishop of Canterbury appoints new Chief of Staff and Strategy

Canon David has further bio on his own https://canondavid.wordpress.com/about/background/

Posted by Kate at Wednesday, 9 March 2016 at 4:23pm GMT

Another "safe" evangelical pair of hands....

Posted by robert ian williams at Wednesday, 9 March 2016 at 7:43pm GMT

Promotion of a former colleague at Coventry Cathedral ?

Posted by Father Ron Smith at Wednesday, 9 March 2016 at 11:39pm GMT

Canon David Porter was appointed Director of the International Centre (ICR) for Reconciliation and Canon Residentiary at Coventry Cathedral in 2008, and was then seconded to Lambeth in 2013. ++Welby was Canon Residentiary and Co-Director of the ICR until 2005, when he became Sub-Dean, leaving to become Dean of Liverpool in 2007. It is not correct therefore to describe him as a ‘former colleague’ in the sense of they having worked together at Coventry.

Posted by Anthony Archer at Thursday, 10 March 2016 at 10:09am GMT

Has Canon Porter become an Anglican yet? It is a bit difficult to tell from this announcement, and I think the Archbishop's chief of strategy probably should be.

Posted by Robin Ward at Thursday, 10 March 2016 at 11:13am GMT

God forbid, but it very much looks like the Church of England is to be run by conflict managers, of a strong evangelical bent. Those of us living in Scotland have already experienced ABC cross border interventions.
Now ABC wants to control the York province. Nightmare scenario of Porter being fast tracked to fill Ebors place.

I remember in the dark days of the war, the King calling for a day of prayer for the nation. We need more than a day of prayer for our beloved Anglican church

Posted by Fr John E Harris-White at Thursday, 10 March 2016 at 4:37pm GMT

"Porter, formerly a peace-building practitioner in Northern Ireland, is a layperson and a Baptist who called himself a “strongly convinced Anabaptist, who would be a Mennonite if I lived in America.”

Come on!

Posted by Lorenzo at Thursday, 10 March 2016 at 8:55pm GMT

Since David Porter is an Anabaptist layman, not an Anglican priest, the 'nightmare scenario' of him being 'fast-tracked to take Ebor's place' is unlikely to come true...

Posted by Tim Chesterton at Thursday, 10 March 2016 at 10:44pm GMT

I think it is the title of canon which confuses.

The appointment of a Christian from outside the Church of England to such a senior role is very positive.

Posted by Kate at Friday, 11 March 2016 at 12:17am GMT

'it very much looks like the Church of England is to be run by conflict managers, of a strong evangelical bent'. To some that makes a great deal of sense given, for example, the content of TA threads - and given where some of the major fault lines within the Anglican tradition presently lie.

Posted by David Runcorn at Friday, 11 March 2016 at 7:22am GMT

"Porter, formerly a peace-building practitioner in Northern Ireland, is a layperson and a Baptist who called himself a “strongly convinced Anabaptist, who would be a Mennonite if I lived in America.”

Will someone please give the source for this quote.

Posted by RPNewark at Friday, 11 March 2016 at 8:15am GMT

Thank you for giving me the details on Porter. I thought when writing my comment he was Baptist, but found it hard to believe he was given this new important position. Surely we have good Anglican folk who can take the position!

Fr John

Posted by Fr John E. Harris-White at Friday, 11 March 2016 at 2:52pm GMT

Anabaptist, not Baptist. There's a difference.

Posted by Tim Chesterton at Saturday, 12 March 2016 at 3:50am GMT

RP Newark,
is this the kind of thing you're looking for?
https://canondavid.wordpress.com/author/dwp512/

Posted by Erika Baker at Saturday, 12 March 2016 at 10:04pm GMT

"I think it is the title of canon which confuses.
The appointment of a Christian from outside the Church of England to such a senior role is very positive." - Kate -

Kate, there is such a thing as a Lay Canon in the Anglican set-up - usually awarded to outstanding Anglican Lay-persons. However, to give such a title to a non-Anglican is surely a problem, not easy to understand - except, perhaps, by the current leadership in the Church of England.

One might question how much Anabaptist cod-theology will be involved in the execution of this new Anglican ministry.

Posted by Father Ron Smith at Wednesday, 16 March 2016 at 11:02pm GMT

'Anabaptist cod-theology'

Ron, that's a new one on me.

Just as a matter of interest, have you actually read any Anabaptist theology? Thomas Finger? John Howard Yoder? James Reimer? Denny Weaver? Harold S. Bender? Howard Snyder? Stuart Murray Williams?

If 'cod-theology' is a statement of disdain (as I suspect), then I'd like to know how much of it you've actually read before you come to that viewpoint.

Posted by Tim Chesterton at Thursday, 17 March 2016 at 4:11pm GMT
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