Saturday, 10 May 2003

London: Gareth Miller's proposals

London is the first part of Gareth Miller’s proposals that I have examined in detail.
He proposes a Province of London which would cover the area of the London boroughs exactly. His proposals would replace London and Southwark dioceses with a total of 12 new smaller ones, increase the number of bishops, and substantially alter all of the current episcopal areas. I can see no benefit to the creation of two additional areas.
While the proposals to alter the external boundaries of the current London and Southwark dioceses may well be sound, the many internal changes to existing episcopal areas seem to offer no benefit to the parishes, and would surely cost a large amount to implement.
On balance, this amount of change does not seem worth doing.
Ignoring the fine details of existing boundaries, the changes can be summarised as listed below.

Existing episcopal areas in London and Southwark would all be altered.
Bishop of London: would retain only City of London and lose pesonal jurisdiction in City of Westminster (but become an archbishop)
Bishop of Kensington: would lose Hounslow and Richmond north of the Thames, and gain part of Westminster
Bishop of Willesden: would lose Hillingdon and gain Barnet
Bishop of Stepney: would lose Islington and gain Newham
Bishop of Barking: would transfer from Chelmsford diocese, and lose Newham and Waltham Forest
Bishop of Edmonton: would lose Barnet, Camden and Enfield, and gain Waltham Forest
New bishopric of St Marylebone would cover Camden, Islington, and part of Westminster
New bishopric of Ealing would cover Ealing, Hillingdon and Hounslow
Bishop of Fulham is not mentioned in the proposal
Bishop of Southwark would be reduced to Southwark, Lambeth and Wandsworth
Bishop of Croydon would lose Surrey and gain Bromley from Rochester diocese
Bishop of Kingston would lose Wandsworth and Lambeth and gain Richmond north of the Thames
Bishop of Woolwich would lose Southwark

Posted by Simon Sarmiento on Saturday, 10 May 2003 at 8:23 PM GMT | Comments (1) | TrackBack
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Friday, 25 April 2003

...use a map continued...

Here is the Church Times URL for the map and here is the full original text of his original article including the detailed list of proposed provinces and dioceses.

The Church Times article now includes the same detail and links to the same map as above.

Posted by Simon Sarmiento on Friday, 25 April 2003 at 11:30 AM GMT | TrackBack
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Sunday, 20 April 2003

To find a new direction for the Church, use a map

The Church Times has published an article, with this title, by the Reverend Gareth Miller. It proposes substantial changes in the diocesan structure of the Church of England. I think these proposals merit some serious discussion.

You can find the CT original article here. This version of the article was accompanied by a map, but neither this nor the full detail of his proposal has yet been published on the web.

The existing CofE diocesan structure can be seen on this map.

Posted by Simon Sarmiento on Sunday, 20 April 2003 at 9:15 PM GMT | TrackBack
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To find a new direction for the Church, use a map

The Church Times has published an article, with this title, by the Reverend Gareth Miller. It proposes substantial changes in the diocesan structure of the Church of England. I think these proposals merit some serious discussion.

You can find the CT original article here. This version of the article was accompanied by a map, but neither this nor the full detail of his proposal has yet been published on the web.

The existing CofE diocesan structure can be seen on this map.

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