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Discussions around a new diocese for Wakefield
Five Open Meetings were organised across the Diocese of Wakefield to discuss proposals around a new diocese for Wakefield. All meetings had both a member of the Dioceses Commission and the Programme Manager, John Tuckett on hand to answer any questions ahead of the crucial vote on the scheme by members of the three Diocesan Synods on 2 March 2013.
Copies of the draft scheme as well as documents offering different points of view on the proposed scheme’s impact on Wakefield from a wide range of people – lay and clergy – from across Wakefield Diocese including the Bishop of Wakefield can be found below:
Full details of the draft scheme from the Dioceses Commission below:
Documents offering alternative points of view on the proposed scheme’s impact on Wakefield
Dioceses Commission - An Alternative Vision? This document contains a number of alternative perspectives by lay and clergy from Wakefield Diocese some of which are outlined below.
Bigger is Not Beautiful, an article which first appeared in the Times in September 2012 by The Rt.Revd.Stephen Platten
125 Years of History and the Dioceses Commission’s Proposals, an article which first appeared in the Yorkshire Post in June 2012 by Ms. Kate Taylor
We Must Not Sacrifice the Heritage of Our Cathedrals an article which first appeared in the Yorkshire Post in September 2012 by The Very Revd. Jonathan Greener
The Dioceses Commission Report: An Effective path to Mission and Growth? by the Revd Canon Tony Macpherson and the Very Revd. Jonathan Greener
What Kind of Diocese? Thinking Theologically about Diocesan Reorganisation by the Revd Dr. Stephen Spencer
Information from the Church Commissioners and Archbishops’ Council
Letter to the Diocesan Bishops re Dioceses Commission scheme - January 2013
Latest News Stories
The Full Report, Summary, Pastoral letter for parishes, Mission document, Draft Scheme, Explanatory Memo and Financial Estimate can all be found on the Yorkshire Dioceses Review webpage of the Church of England website.
eBulletins from Preparation Group
The task of the Preparation Group is to oversee the preparation work necessary should a final scheme to dissolve three dioceses in West Yorkshire and create a single new diocese be ratified by General Synod in 2013. Meeting 6 times a year, the group comprises senior staff representatives and lay and clergy representatives from each of the Bishop's Councils:
A Design Group (comprising Nick Baines, Bishop of Bradford; Sue Proctor, Diocesan Secretary, Ripon & Leeds and Tony Robinson, Bishop of Pontefract) is responsible for setting the Preparation Group’s work programme.
The ebulletins provide an update after each meeting.
Decision day on new super diocese - 28 February 2013
Last chance for debate on new super diocese - 21 February 2013
Five Open Meetings to discuss a single diocese - 17 January 2013
Towards a new diocese for West Yorkshire and the Dales - Dioceses Commission announces details of draft scheme - press release 29 October 2012
Dioceses commission announces draft scheme - press release 28 September 2012
We must not sacrifice the vital heritage of our great cathedrals - article in the Yorkshire Post by The Very Revd Jonathan Greener, Dean of Wakefield - September 2012
Bigger is not Beautiful - article in The Times by Stephen Platten, Bishop of Wakefield - September 2012
Latest on Yorkshire Dioceses Review including eBulletin from Preparation Group - April 2012
Evolution or Revolution? Alternative proposals to the reorganisation go to Diocesan Synod - February 2012
Church of England closer to creating a single Yorkshire diocese - November 2011