Conservative London Clergy Launch New Deanery
The Revds Chris Fishlock and Phil Martin, vicars respectively at St Nicholas’ Cole Abbey and St Botolph’s without Aldersgate, announced they and eight other Diocese of London clergy have formed the, City Deanery Chapter. This is in response to the liberal direction the diocese has taken in light of the last meeting of the General Synod.
They announced their new effort via YouTube.
Martin said, “We hope that what we’re doing is, among other things, a helpful demonstration of the kind of structural differentiation which will be needed for many of us within the Church of England.”
Martin was elected Acting Area Dean by the gathering.
The group plans on helping others of a like mind.
The Diocese of London did its best to put forth its views on the new arrangement.
“The Diocese was first informed a few hours ago that a group of clergy in the City of London is seeking to set up its own parallel, unregulated structures, outside of those of the Diocese of London and the Church of England. This unilateral move would have no legal substance.
“The initiative has been announced publicly, without discussion, at a time when constructive ongoing dialogue continues here in the capital, and across the country, following the House of Bishops’ proposals in response to the six-year Living in Love and Faith process. As a Diocese, we remain committed to working together through our differences, recognising the strength of our shared faith in Christ, and all that brings us together.”