Rod ran this event in Oxford on 4th May. Speakers were Paul Williams, Phil Moon and Matthew Lawes and topics covered were ‘Why preparation with prospective ordinands must be a priority’, ‘Practical preparation for candidates’, and ‘A candidates perspective’. The day was greatly appreciated by those who attended. One person commented: “I learnt a huge
Nomination to the See of Sheffield and Concerns raised by the Archbishops of Canterbury and York: Submission to the Independent Reviewer by the Bishop of Maidstone
Introduction The nomination of the Rt Rev’d Philip North to the See of Sheffield seemed at the time to be a remarkable but joyful celebration of the concept of ‘mutual flourishing.’ It was a nomination not only widely welcomed throughout the Church – and particularly perhaps by traditional catholics – but also by an
Rod attended the 20th anniversary dinner and service on 20 April at Little Shelford Church. Pictured here are: The Rt Revd Stephen Conway, Bishop of Ely; Simon Scott, Vicar of All Saints Little Shelford; Christopher Ash, former Vicar of All Saints; and Rod Thomas. The proceedings included a question and answer session with Bishops Rod
Rod was in Carlisle Diocese last weekend visiting St John’s Church, Carlisle and St John’s, Hensingham. He is pictured here with Steven Donald, Vicar of St John’s Carlisle, Carol Walker who Rod commissioned as a pastoral outreach worker, and Carol’s husband.
Rod recently visited Holy Cross Church in Gleadless Valley, Sheffield. He confirmed 11 people and preached at the morning service. The sermon was based on John 9 and was ‘helpful and challenging for Christians and non-Christians alike’.
Rod recently visited Christ Church Wharton in Winsford, Cheshire. He led two Saturday morning sessions: one for the PCC and the other for the whole church family. In the evening he took a Confirmation service. Rod is pictured here with some of the Confirmation candidates.
I am deeply saddened that Philip North has felt forced to withdraw from his nomination as the next Bishop of Sheffield. It will be a huge loss to Sheffield and is a body blow to the concept of ‘mutual flourishing’ which lay at the heart of the agreement to introduce women bishops in the Church
Since the widely publicised General Synod debate about the House of Bishops’ Report on marriage and same-sex relationships, there has been speculation about the Archbishop of Canterbury’s call for ‘radical inclusion’ and a number of bishops have called for the Church of England to be more affirming of same-sex relationships. The latter see the Church
Rod is pictured outside Eton College with the Provost and former Secretary of State for Health, Lord Waldegrave, after preaching in the chapel on Sunday 26th February on John 1: 1-9 and 35-41
An open letter to the Archbishops of Canterbury and York from David Baker, a former newspaper journalist working as an Anglican minister in Sussex, has been published on the Christian Today website. The letter is entitled: What Is ‘A Radical New Inclusion’? and is written in response to the letter from the Archbishops following the General