Bishop’s landmark invitation to parishes
The Bishop of Salisbury, Nicholas Holtam, will set the scene for the future development of the Diocese of Salisbury at a meeting of the Diocesan Synod this Saturday (3 November, from 10am) in Amesbury Baptist Church.
The Bishop will invite parish representatives from across Wiltshire and Dorset to discuss ‘the personality and character of the diocese’ in order to develop for the future.
His presentation will include reflections based on Bishop Holtam’s first year as Bishop of the Diocese as he looks at ways in which parishes can renew their ministry for mission.
The Bishop said today, “This isn’t a completed vision: I’m asking Synod to contribute to a new approach. The pace of the Diocese will be set by local parishes and schools; a pace informed by their priorities and involvement in their communities. It’s a change and I want as many people as possible to have their say.”
Synod will also hear the Archdeacon of Sarum’s, the Ven Alan Jeans, proposals for his new additional role in identifying and encouraging new forms of ministry and mission, as well as details of Christian Aid’s international Tax Justice Campaign.
Diocesan Synod is a gathering of over 100 representatives from parishes across Dorset and Wiltshire. It meets three times a year and makes decisions affecting the work of the Church of England in the Diocese of Salisbury, which covers most of Wiltshire and almost all of Dorset.
Christian Aid’s Tax Justice Campaign seeks to increase the financial transparency and tax payments of multinational businesses currently using offshore accounts, preventing the loss of an estimated £160bn denied to developing countries.
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