James Langstaff

A Bishop Reflects

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

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