The Newsletter was a day late this week because I was away for part of the week at the Bishop’s Council meeting in Brussels.
The Bishop’s Council meets once a year and its principal role is to advise the bishop. However, its members are also directors of the Diocesan Board of Finance and have to scrutinise the accounts and approve the budget for the following year.
We also participated in a three-hour session on ‘The Diocesan Strategy for the next five years’. From long experience, I would generally have had low expectations of such an exercise but the skilful facilitator, Sandra Cobbin, made it an enjoyable and productive experience.
On Wednesday afternoon, Bishop Robert presided and preached at the Eucharist and licensed the Reverend Canon Leslie Nathaniel as Archdeacon of the East and Archdeacon of Germany and Northern Europe. The title says something about the range of the diocese in Europe’s engagement. It is also interesting to note that Dr Nathaniel began his ministry in the Church of South India, which was formed through the union of the Anglican Church with a number of Protestant churches, so he brings an experience of ecumenism to his new role.