Academic journal article Anglican and Episcopal History

Simon Phipps. A Portrait

Academic journal article Anglican and Episcopal History

Simon Phipps. A Portrait

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DAVID MACHIN, ED. Simon Phipps. A Portrait. London, England, and New York, New York: Continuum, 2003. Pp. viii + 144. $29.95 (paper).

Ordained into the ministry of the Church of England after distinguished service in the Second World War, Simon Phipps was Bishop of Lincoln from 1974 to 1986, having served previously as suffragan Bishop of Horsham in the Diocese of Chichester, as an industrial chaplain for many years in Coventry, and as a chaplain at Trinity College, Cambridge. This brief resume of his ministerial career conceals what was evidently experience and ability of great breadth. His generation of bishops brought to the leadership of the Church of England an ease with all sections of society that almost certainly was influenced profoundly by military experience. His social commitment was unquestioned, and yet he was educated at Eton, and a friend of royalty. Though not in any substantial sense a theologian, he brought a confident faith to bear on his work, allied to a great interest in literature, music and the arts.

By no means a biography in any formal sense, this is a collection of tributes by friends and former colleagues. Phipps died in 2001, after a long retirement and a late marriage, but it is clear that the affection he inspired is undimmed. …

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