The Bishop of Burnley, Rt Rev. Philip North and the Bishop of Lancaster, Rt Rev. Dr Jill Duff have issued a letter to all parishes in the wake of Bishop Julian's farewell service at the weekend.
This letter contains some key information about leadership in the Diocese over the coming months. It begins ...
It is with great sadness that we have said farewell to Bishop Julian over the past few weeks.
His prayerful and steadfast leadership in times of great change will leave a lasting legacy on our Diocese and he and Heather depart with our thanks and prayers.
As in parishes, so in dioceses, vacancies can be unsettling but creative times. Some of you may have read our very own Mark Bradford’s wonderful book ‘The Space Between’ in which he analyses the ‘disruptive seasons’ in the Bible and identifies them both as times of challenge but also as times of great growth.
We pray that the next few months, with all their challenges, will likewise be times of growth across our Diocese. We now need to give some attention to the vacancy and how best we can support each other over the next twelve months as we prepare to welcome a new Diocesan Bishop.
This letter contains some key information about leadership in the Diocese and makes one very big request, which is … Please Pray!
Ronnie Semley, July 2022