Edmonton clergy come together in Liverpool
Clergy from across the Edmonton Episcopal Area visited Liverpool last month to immerse themselves in the complexity and beauty of St John’s Gospel, through bible study and conversation.
Services were led by the Bishops of London, Edmonton and Fulham, and over 120 attendees took part in seminars and group sessions with clergy and academics including Professor David Ford, Emeritus Regius Professor of Divinity at Cambridge University, Revd Bill Bygroves, the Chaplain of Liverpool Football Club and Rev’d Richard Peers, Director of Education for the Diocese of Liverpool.
Attendees were able to enjoy the experience of a lifetime, watching England’s semi-final match against Croatia at Anfield, whilst enjoying a gala dinner. Furthermore attendees were entertained by Dame Lorna Muirhead, the magic of The Revd Sam McNally Cross and our very own Edmonton Band who played into the night.
Four years after its last conference in Durham, much has changed for the Edmonton Episcopal Area, with new clergy welcomed into the Area, as well as new Bishops and a new Archdeacon.
The Episcopal Area has also become more diverse, with the number of women incumbents in Edmonton parishes increasing by 500%. New resource churches, planting churches, revitalisation churches, mission enablers, community chaplains and pioneers have similarly added to Edmonton’s increased diversity, helping it respond to the needs of its local community and London more widely
The Bishop of Edmonton, The Rt Revd Rob Wickham, said:
“The Liverpool Conference was a wonderful example of how clergy are able to read, pray and live together, learning from the Gospel of John. There was a tremendous atmosphere of joy and excitement as we discovered all that God was undertaking across our parishes in North London. I was delighted by the great sense of collaboration that was so evident, and I look forward to witnessing how this conference influences our common life together in the months and years to come.”