Letter in Response to Church Times report of March 1st

Mar 10, 2023 by

Letter in Response to Church Times report of March 1st

The diocese of London said in a statement on Wednesday that, under the London Plan, the Bishop of Ebbsfleet, Dr Rob Munro, was “providing episcopal ministry to the clergy at St Helen’s Bishopsgate”, as the Bishop of Maidstone, the Rt Revd Rod Thomas, had done.

The Church Times understands that the London bishops held a two-hour meeting on Thursday evening of last week in St James Garlickhythe, which was attended by between 150 and 200 members of the clergy, many of whom were concerned about the Bishops’ proposals on same-sex blessings.

It is understood that those who attended included about 20 clergy from churches in the network of Holy Trinity, Brompton, as well as clergy from the ReNew network of churches, New Wine, Fulcrum, and the Junia Network. There was also a small number of traditionalist Anglo-Catholics, it is understood.

At the meeting, Bishop Mullally said: “Finding ways to walk together with our diversity and differences is not comfortable. Yet I know that to separate, to walk apart would greatly impoverish and harm the Church of England, which has always been an intentionally and uniquely broad Church.”


Dear Sir,

I read with interest your account of the meeting of London clergy with the Bishop of London, expressing their concerns about the direction of travel of the Church of England following General Synod’s vote to commend prayers of blessing over same sex couples.

Given the numbers attending, it sounds like it was a epoch making evening.

It was strange therefore to read of the Bishop’s recorded response of offering Bishop Rob Munro, when it was made clear by many there (and elsewhere) that only a structural solution would suffice.    One wonders:  has the listening process of LLF now broken down?

Yours faithfully.

The Rev James Paice

Founder of the Good Stewards Trust movement

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