Public invited to help choose new Bishop

Public invited to help choose new Bishop

News July 1, 2014

An open meeting is being held to give the public a say in who is appointed as the next Bishop for the Diocese of Southwell and Nottingham.

 Everyone is welcome at the meeting, which will be attended by the Archbishops’ Secretary for Appointments Caroline Boddington, and the Prime Minister’s Secretary for Appointments Edward Chaplin.

The secretaries will listen to the views of people at the meeting and take them into account when writing a report on the needs of the diocese and the qualities needed in the next Bishop.

The meeting is on Monday July 7th, at 7.30pm, in St Jude’s Church, Mapperley, Nottingham, NG3 5HE.

After the meeting the secretaries will spend the next two days in the diocese meeting representatives of local civic, social and religious life, including leaders from local government, the education sector, charities, other faiths, and representatives of the diocese.

Their report will be considered by the Crown Nominations Commission in November and again in December, along with a ‘statement of needs’ document prepared by the diocese. The CNC will put forward one, or two, candidates to the Prime Minister to be the next Bishop of Southwell and Nottingham.

The vacancy arose after Bishop Paul Butler left to become the Bishop of Durham in January of this year.