Magazine article Anglican Journal

Church Appraises Episcopal Visitor: Priest Pronounces Arrangement a Success

Magazine article Anglican Journal

Church Appraises Episcopal Visitor: Priest Pronounces Arrangement a Success

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The arrangement made by the diocese of New Westminster to provide pastoral care through an episcopal visitor to churches opposed to same-sex blessings has worked for the first parish which accepted this special ministry, its rector said.

The assessment comes a year into the arrangement between St. Clement's church, North Vancouver, and retired bishop William Hockin.

(A second parish, St. Thomas, Chilliwack, has recently requested an episcopal visitor, according to Neale Adams, communications officer of the diocese.)

In an interview, Rev. Sarah Tweedale said that the pastoral care provided to St. Clement's by Bishop Hockin, former bishop of Fredericton, who was appointed as episcopal visitor by Bishop Michael Ingham of New Westminster last year "has been wonderful."

She added: "The benefit has been the encouragement of a senior pastor who shares our concern at the shift in the pastoral practice of the church, and who speaks my language to a great extent and therefore with whom I feel safe to live into and through some rough waters. …

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