New Bishop backs women in the church

The new Bishop of Winchester Tim Dakin
The new Bishop of Winchester Tim Dakin

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ENCOURAGING the church to appoint more women in leadership roles is at the top of the agenda for a newly-appointed bishop.

Rev Canon Tim Dakin, who was being enthroned as the 97th Bishop of Winchester today, also wants to see the Christian faith having a bigger impact in the community.

The 53-year-old was being welcomed into his new role by the Archdeacon of Canterbury, The Venerable Sheila Watson, at Winchester Cathedral.

It follows the Christian leader’s ordination as a bishop at St Paul’s Cathedral in London at the beginning of the year.

Bishop Tim, who was born in Tanzania, said: ‘I’m very enthusiastic about the Church of England proceeding with the ordination of women. It’s going to be important for people in their understanding of Christian leadership to see women in responsible positions.

‘I shall bring with me a passion for mission, and a longing to see the church grow and have an impact in daily life.

‘The Church of England is both fragile and robust. It’s fragile because of all the change, yet it’s strangely robust in the way we’re imaginatively tackling new opportunities.’

As part of the service, a musical composed by members of Winchester College was performed.

The bishop’s office will be based at Wolvesey Palace next to Winchester Cathedral.

He makes the move from his previous residence in Berkshire. As part of his duties he will preach at Anglican churches across Hampshire and attend charity events.

Bishop Tim spent 12 years as General Secretary of the Church Mission Society, a missionary group which works with The Church of England.

He will now step down from his position in the society, of which the 94th Bishop of Winchester John V Taylor was the former Grand Secretary.

People can pray with the new bishop at Winchester Cathedral from 10am tomorrow.

The diocese of Winchester covers much of Hampshire, apart from Portsmouth.