Could you host a Bishop?

by Michael Ford last modified 16 Jul, 2019 02:49 PM

An appeal has gone out to our parishes near Salisbury to "host a Bishop" leading up to the Lambeth Conference next year.

Could you host a Bishop?

Archbishop Justin with Richard Dean and Bishop Anthony. Photo courtesy @sudanlink on Twitter

Bishops from Sudan and South Sudan and their wives will be in the UK to attend the conference in July 2020, and the intention is for them to spend the week before in our Diocese.

The Bishops will spend the nights of Thursday 16 and Friday 17 July in Salisbury for a conference with Bishop Nicholas and Bishop Andrew; the Bishops and their wives will then spend 4 nights in Deaneries throughout the Diocese, as guests in the parishes.

However, accommodation for the first two nights is still needed.

An appeal in the 100th Sudans Link Bulletin says:

"This will be a rare and marvellous opportunity for us to meet face to face, spend time with the bishops and their wives and to build our link. Almost 50 offers of guest rooms in homes across our Diocese have been received, which is wonderfully generous."

However, "There is still a need for more hosts in, and close to, Salisbury for the first 2 nights."

"There will be an information pack to help hosts, to cover diet, mealtimes and other matters and the guest bishops will also be given advice notes on living in their hosts’ homes.

"So please feel encouraged to offer accommodation. It is when you are able to spend time together, travelling, eating, resting, that conversations start and you learn and share the most interesting things," the Bulletin goes on to say.

It is hoped that the invitations to come to the Diocese will be issued to the South Sudanese Bishops by Archbishop Justin Badi during their House of Bishops meeting in November. However, it may be harder to know if the Sudanese Bishops can come.

The Sudan Bulletin comments:

"Reaching Sudan’s bishops was made impossible by the country’s internet shutdown, but Robert Hayward, of Christian Aid and a member of the Sudans Committee, may be able to deliver invitations during his next visit to Sudan in August.

If you could help with accommodation then please contact Sheila Trist, Secretary to our Sudans Partnership on .

Read the 100th Sudans Link Bulletin here

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