The Venerable Dr. David Atkinson, Archdeacon of Lewisham, has
been appointed Suffragan Bishop of Thetford in the Diocese of Norwich. He will
be consecrated in April.
Atkinson (57) became Canon Chancellor of Southwark Cathedral and Canon
Missioner in the Diocese in 1993 and was appointed Archdeacon of Lewisham in
"I am very honoured and delighted to be invited by the Bishop of Norwich to
join his staff team. With the recent Government Rural White Paper, this is an
exciting moment to be exploring the role of the churches in relation to the
regeneration of the countryside.
be wanting to discover how best I can play a helpful and supportive role in
that task, as well, of course as recognising the significant populations there
are in the towns of the Diocese of Norwich, and the particular pressures of
urban regeneration which they face."
Bishop of Norwich, the Rt Rev. Graham James said, "We look forward to welcoming
David to the Diocese, confident that his gifts and abilities will complement
and enrich our ministry to the people of Norfolk and Waveney."
Atkinson is married to Dr Sue Atkinson - a former primary teacher, and now an
education writer and lecturer in primary mathematics. They have a daughter and
a son, Rachel and Jonathan. David enjoys art, music, walking and holidays with
Sue in their VW Camper-van.
Tom Butler said, "I am of course sorry to lose his ministry here in Southwark
but very happy for the people of Norwich Diocese who will benefit from his
wisdom and experience."
Farewell for David Atkinson
will be a farewell to the Archdeacon of Lewisham at Evensong in Southwark
Cathedral at 3 pm on Sunday 11 March 2001. All are welcome to attend.
anyone wishes to make a donation to a farewell gift, please send cheques
payable to the Bishop of Woolwich's Discretionary Fund, to the Bishop of
Woolwich's secretary, 37 South Road, Forest Hill, London SE23 2UJ.
will be consecrated Bishop of Thetford by the Archbishop of Canterbury and
other bishops in Southwark Cathedral on Thursday 5 April at 2.30 pm.
will be some reserved seats for visiting dignitaries and for family and
friends, but anyone from Southwark Diocese who wishes to attend is invited.
help the Cathedral to plan if they know expected numbers in advance, so if you
wish to be present at the service, please advise the Sub-Dean, Canon Andrew
Nunn by mid-March.
Synod V-C after recount
Not to be outdone by Florida, the Church of England recently
held its own election recount.
December, Dr Philip Giddings (Oxford diocese), Vice Chairman of the House of
Laity in the General Synod since 1995, came top of the poll yet again. The
runner up - as in 1995 and 1998 - was Brian McHenry (Southwark).
three days later, Church House officials told candidates that there had been an
error in the computer program for counting the votes.
Presiding Officer ordered a manual recount. This time Brian won the election,
following the correct redistribution of the votes of the third candidate in the
election, Margaret Swinson (Liverpool diocese). Like the US election, it was
close. Brian's majority was just six in a poll of nearly 200 lay
says that he is looking forward to serving the Church in this new capacity. He
warms to the vision of the new Archbishops' Council which is of a Church of
England outward looking, united and confident in the Good News of Jesus.
Meanwhile, Brian continues to be busy in his day job as the senior
lawyer at the Competition Commission. He thinks that it is vital for the
General Synod to be rooted in the reality of a complex and demanding world. He
believes that he can play a part in making the connection between that world
and our common faith.
Three Southwark clergy receive EIG bursaries
Rodney Bomford and the Revs Paul Dunn and Charles Richardson have been awarded
bursaries by the Ecclesiastical Insurance Group to fund study projects.
Vicar of St Giles Camberwell will be continuing the research started for his
recent book, The Symmetry of God. Dr Paul Dunn, Vicar of
St Richard's Ham, will
be studying the role of church schools in Christian communities and Charles
Richardson, Vicar of St John's, Goose Green,
Dulwich, will be considering how
altered expectations of the church and changes in the social climate have
affected the authority of the priest - and how the Church can respond.
among 39 clergy awared bursaries by EIG in this year's round.
100 not out....
Hibbert, verger at St Michael's,
Welling, celebrated her 100th birthday on 3
January. We told Madge's story some months back - but we couldn't let the big
day pass without this photo, taken at St Michael's on the Sunday after her
birthday. With no plans for retirement Madge is obviously planning to be Verger
of the Century twice!