By Dr Graham Kings, Bishop of Sherborne
Alison and I have put down deep roots in this Diocese since 2009 and would value your prayers for us as we move to Bermondsey, London.
The Archbishop of Canterbury, Church Mission Society (CMS) and Durham University have founded a new seven year post, ‘Mission Theologian in the Anglican Communion’.
I will be researching, encouraging, and publishing theology, particularly from Africa, Asia and Latin America.
Henry Venn, the great 19th Century General Secretary of the CMS, talked of ‘self-supporting, self-governing and self-extending churches’ throughout the world. More recently, there has been a ‘fourth self’: ‘self-theologising’. These are voices which must be heard more clearly throughout the Communion.
Working in Lambeth Palace Library, I will visit Durham University as an Honorary Fellow about three days a fortnight, and convene a series of seminars in Africa, Asia and Latin America. I have also been invited to be an Honorary Assistant Bishop in the Diocese of Southwark, helping out with some confirmations and missions.
This is an extraordinary Diocese, full of hope, led with vibrancy by Bishop David and now Bishop Nicholas. We have made profound, treasured, friendships here. I have particularly enjoyed praying with priests in their chancels, meeting with Licensed Lay Ministers, annual parish missions, Alpha courses and visits to the Sudans.
Alison and I thank God for your welcome, prayers and friendship over these six years and look forward to seeing you on Sunday 19 April at 4.30 p.m. in the Cathedral for our farewell service.