Bishop’s Liaison Officer for LGBTi Community appointed
from the Diocese of Chichester:
The Bishop of Chichester, Dr Martin Warner, has announced the appointment of Reverend Andrew Woodward, Priest in Charge of St Mary’s Kemp Town and Rural Dean of Brighton, as the first Bishop’s Liaison Officer for the LGBTi community in the Diocese of Chichester.
The aim of the post is to provide the bishops and parishes with up to date information about the pastoral needs of the LGBTi community and to identify what ministry among this community might look like if it is to be more effective.
The new officer will also represent the church in this community so as to build bridges and enable pastoral support for a substantial group of people who feel the Church is alienated from them. Many feel they are tolerated but not included.
Dr Warner said today: “This post is about pastoral bridges in line with our diocesan strategy, know, love, follow Jesus. It is primarily about building, opening and crossing new and existing bridges towards great understanding and mutual flourishing.”