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UK news in brief

21 November 2014

The new Dean of Chichester, Stephen Waine

The new Dean of Chichester, Stephen Waine

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 England

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 project. 

Hark: carols to play 365 days a year over the airwaves

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," he said.

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 award

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 reforms

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".

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