Next Dean of Chichester announced
THE next Dean of Chichester will be the Ven. Stephen Waine,
currently Archdeacon of Dorset, it was announced on Wednesday.
Archdeacon Waine trained for Holy Orders at Westcott House,
Cambridge, and, after a first curacy in Wolverhampton, was Minor
Canon and Succentor of St Paul's Cathedral for five years. He was
then presented to the living of St Edward the Confessor, Romford,
in the diocese of Chelmsford, before taking up his current position
in 2010. The Bishop of Chichester, Dr Martin Warner, said that it
was "good news" that Archdeacon Waine had experience of cathedral,
parochial, and diocesan responsibilities.
New safeguarding adviser for Church of
THE Church of England's new National Safeguarding Adviser will
be Graham Tilby, the Bishop of Durham, the Rt Revd Paul Butler,
announced on Monday. Mr Tilby will take on the position after
working at OFSTED for a year. Before that, he worked for 23 years
in children's social care for local authorities in the West
Midlands. He is also the founder and director of the Black Country
Food Bank, and worships at Chawn Hill Church, Stourbridge.
New Principal of Ripon College, Cuddesdon
THE Governors of Ripon College, Cuddesdon, have appointed the
Bishop of Repton, the Rt Revd Bishop Southern, as its new
Principal. Bishop Southern, who is also chairman of Derby Diocesan
Board of Education, said that he was honoured to be joining Ripon
College at a "time of great opportunity for the Church of England".
Bishop Southern trained for Holy Orders at Ripon College, after
being educated at Harrow and Christ Church, Oxford.
New Secretary for Inter Religious Affairs
THE Revd Mark Poulson, Vicar of St John's, Southall, has been
appointed the Archbishop of Canterbury's Secretary for Inter
Religious Affairs and the National Inter Religious Affairs Adviser
for the Church of England. Mr Poulson was an English teacher before
ordination, and sits on the board of the Near Neighbours
Hark: carols to play 365 days a year over the
A RADIO station that plays nothing but Christmas carols and
reflections on the Bible, 24 hours a day, 365 days a week, was
launched this month. Christmas Carols Radio was founded by Ben
Vane, a former radio producer who is now a Church of England
ordinand. "Our hope is that Christians can use the station to share
the heart-warming news of Jesus Christ with others this Christmas,"
Bishop of Leicester to retire
THE Bishop of Leicester, the Rt Revd Timothy Stevens, has
announced that he will retire next year, after 16 years in the
post. Bishop Stevens has been convener of the bishops in the House
of Lords since 2009, and previously chaired the council of Westcott
House theological college.
Rape-survivor worker honoured by Coventry
A WOMAN supporting women who have suffered sexual violence in
the Democratic Republic of the Congo has been awarded the Coventry
International Prize for Peace and Reconciliation. Thérèse Mema
Mapenzi runs 16 listening centres in different villages in South
Kivu, which help women to tell their stories in a safe place and
provide counselling, listening, and support.
Government warned against diluting banking
THE Government must resist any temptation to dilute reforms to
the banking system, the former members of the Parliamentary
Commission on Banking Standards, including the Archbishop of
Canterbury, said on Monday. The statement said that the
Commission's recommendations must be "fully" implemented, and
warned that the ring-fencing of retail banks (separating deposit
and lending functions from investment banking) might be
"particularly vulnerable to dilution from bank lobbying".