Thursday, 13 May 2004

Support for Dean

UPDATE Thursday 21 May
The increased signatures on this letter have made it into a news story, published on the web Wednesday, Clergy back gay dean in the Barnet and Potters Bar Times. (The St Albans diocese includes part of the London Borough of Barnet.)

This week in the Herts Advertiser, a local St Albans newspaper, there is a letter from 37 clergy of the diocese. The “original” of this letter appears here and now 20 May (21 June) shows 40 47 50 54 signatures.

SIR, - As 37 clergy in the Diocese of St Albans, from a variety of parishes and traditions, we wish to express our excitement and joy at the appointment of Canon Jeffrey John as Dean of St Albans.
He is a noted teacher and theologian committed to the mission and growth of the church and will be a great asset not just to our Cathedral and Abbey church but also to the whole diocese.
We see nothing in his appointment, his lifestyle or his views that contradict scripture, tradition and reason, and hope that in the long run those who find the appointment hard will be able to engage in a sensible and rational discussion of the issue of homosexuality, which we do not see as one to impair the unity of our diocese.
We also wish to thank the Bishop of St Albans for his courage in allowing this appointment, to express our loyalty and support to him, and ask that others respect and honour his authority.
REV DUNCAN SWAN, REV JO SPREADBURY, REV HILARY DERHAM, REV JOHN HARMER, REV NIGEL JONES, REV CANON HALL SPEERS, REV PETER WADSWORTH, REV MICHAEL BURNS, REV MARK J. WILLIAMS, REV RICHARD WATSON, REV RORY REYNOLDS, REV JOHN K. WILLIAMS, REV DR. PAUL ANDREWS, REV ANNE-MARIE RENSHAW, REV MARK BONNEY, REV RICHARD PYKE, REV AUDREY ROSS, REV PETER BOLTON, REV PETER COTTON, REV CANON ERIC JAMES, REV CANON BILL RITSON, REV CANON JOHN TIBBS, REV SIMON MANLEY-COOPER, REV MARTIN WRIGHT, REV BRENDA TIPPING, REV CANON CHRISTINE FARRINGTON, REV GRAHAM NEWTON, REV ANNE LINDSAY, REV DAVID LINDSAY, REV CANON MELVYN BARNSLEY, REV MARGARET BREWSTER, REV CAROLINE DRURY, REV CANON ROBIN BROWN, REV CHAS BREWSTER, REV JANE BASS, REV JAMES REVELEY, REV GEOFFREY WHITE.

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