Magazine article Anglican Journal

York-Credit Valley Area Bishop Announces Retirement

Magazine article Anglican Journal

York-Credit Valley Area Bishop Announces Retirement

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Philip Poole, suffragan bishop of the diocese of Toronto and area bishop of York-Credit Valley region, has announced that he will retire effective Sept. 30, 2016.

"It just feels like it is time for someone else to have the opportunity to serve the church episcopally," said Poole, who has been bishop since 2005.

Although he was elected when debates about human sexuality were raging, and declining membership was causing deep anxiety about the future of the church, Poole said he has always found reasons to be optimistic. "It's been a challenging time, but it's also been a remarkably creative time," he said. "We have seen an enormous increase in missional ministry across the church. I think there's been a real emphasis on social justice ministries from coast to coast to coast... We're finding ways to speak to a society that is very different from the one I grew up in."

Poole will continue to serve as a pension fund trustee and work with the Compass Rose Society, an international charity that supports the work of the Archbishop of Canterbury and the Anglican Communion. …

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