James Langstaff

A Bishop Reflects

The Measure of Grace

A sermon preached by Archbishop Urmas Viilma of the Estonian Evangelical Lutheran Church at the Service of Confirmation at St. Luke’s Church Seven Oaks, Rochester Diocese, England Matthew 20:1-16 I am very thankful for this opportunity to participate and preach at this service of confirmation. I have hosted guests from the Diocese of Rochester and Bishop James on several occasions, however, for my wife and myself this is the first time in England on a.. Read More

Address to Rochester’s Diocesan Synod (18th March 2017)

I am somewhat reluctant to trespass upon the time and attention of this Synod to talk about internal Church of England concerns, when I would rather be talking about our missionary presence in and engagement with the world around us.  But of course the two are not unconnected, because what might be seen as internal church concerns (and indeed disputes) have a bearing on our capacity to engage in the mission into which.. Read More

A Light in the Darkness – Prison Hope

Unease, anxiety and sadness are woven into the experience of Christmas for every person who is in touch with reality.  Violent death and a sense of the fragility of the social structures which keep chaos at bay are there even in the simple, pared-down narratives of the Bible about how the birth of Jesus happened.  The hope of Christmas is spoken, from day one, into a world that is recognizably our world. Over.. Read More

The Challenge of Difference

On Monday 26th January, in York Minister, Libby Lane was ordained Bishop of Stockport.  Having been so immersed in framing the legislation and accompanying provisions through the General Synod, it was a joy and privilege for me to be there.  Slightly strange, emotionally, at this point to be observing and almost off-stage, but so good to have reached this point and to have been part of a process that has had such an.. Read More