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04 December 2008

Bishop of Chelmsford to retire

THE BISHOP of Chelmsford, the Rt Revd John Gladwin, announced this week that he is to retire next year, after six years in the post. Bishop Gladwin was Bishop of Guildford for nine years before moving to Essex in 2003. He has recently retired from the chairmanship of Christian Aid, and he and his wife, Lydia, plan to retire to Hertfordshire. Bishop Gladwin said that he had “really grown to love this great county of Essex”, and that the diocese had left an “indelible mark in my very being”. Bishop Gladwin is pictured above (second from the left) at the signing of a covenant last weekend between Chelmsford Cathedral and the Roman Catholic Cathedral of Brentwood. The covenant will encourage a better relationship between the two overlapping dioceses. Also in the photo are (left to right): Mgr William Nix, Dean of Brentwood Cathedral; the Rt Revd Thomas Mahon, Bishop of Brentwood; and the Very Revd Peter Judd, Dean of Chelmsford.

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THE BISHOP of Chelmsford, the Rt Revd John Gladwin, announced this week that he is to retire next year, after six years in the post. Bishop Gladwin was Bishop of Guildford for nine years before moving to Essex in 2003. He has recently retired from the chairmanship of Christian Aid, and he and his wife, Lydia, plan to retire to Hertfordshire. Bishop Gladwin said that he had “really grown to love this great county of Essex”, and that the diocese had left an “indelible mark in my very being”. Bishop Gladwin is pictured above (second from the left) at the signing of a covenant last weekend between Chelmsford Cathedral and the Roman Catholic Cathedral of Brentwood. The covenant will encourage a better relationship between the two overlapping dioceses. Also in the photo are (left to right): Mgr William Nix, Dean of Brentwood Cathedral; the Rt Revd Thomas Mahon, Bishop of Brentwood; and the Very Revd Peter Judd, Dean of Chelmsford.

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Pensions Board activates task force

THE Church of England Pensions Board is to carry out an interim assessment of the financial position of the Clergy Pensions Scheme in the light of the recent economic downturn. Allan Bridgewater, chairman of the Pensions Board, said its actuaries confirmed the scheme’s deficit has risen significantly, but “the exceptional volatility in the markets makes it far less easy to predict what conditions will prevail in 13 months’ time when the formal valuation takes place.” The Archbishops of Canterbury and York have requested the Pensions Task Group be reactivated to consider future action across the Church if an increase in the funding rate in 2010 or 2011 is unavoidable.

Put Old Master in church, says Cardinal

CARDINAL Cormac Murphy-O’Connor, the Archbishop of Westminster, has called for the painting The Baptism of Christ by Piero della Francesco to be removed from the National Gallery in London and placed in a Roman Catholic Church in the city. Speaking in Cambridge during the Royal Fine Art Commission Trust’s Roots of Faith series, he said it was a mistake to treat the painting “as a work of art. It is a work of faith and piety, an expression of the Church’s life and a way into prayer.”

“Abide With Me” tops download chart

“ABIDE WITH ME” has been named as the most downloaded hymn from the Mission Praise website. Two other classics make up the top three, “Amazing grace” and “Take my life and let it be”, while the modern favourite “In Christ alone” was the seventh most popular song.

Dr Sentamu recommends Advent MOT

The Archbishop of York has called for people to take part in a spiritual MOT this Advent, as part of the Church of England’s online Advent calendar web­site WhyWeAreWaiting.com (News, 28 November). Dr Sentamu described the countdown to Christmas as “a good time for all of us to have a spiritual MOT by meditating on Holy Scipture, doing justice, loving kindness, and walking humbly with the God who came, has come, and is coming in Jesus Christ.”

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