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Bishop Stephen: ‘All are pilgrims’

12th Nov 2016

Reflecting on his recent pilgrimage Stephen Cottrell, the Bishop of Chelmsford, has shared with Chelmsford Diocesan Synod his thoughts on thanksgiving, trust, joy and being pilgrims together.

“I want to change the tone of our debate, as a church and as a nation,”

said Bishop Stephen,

 “so as we stop talking about some groups of people – immigrants, refugees, gay and lesbian people for instance – as if they are somehow a problem. They are not. They are our fellow pilgrims.”

Download Bishop Stephen’s Presidential Address to Synod here.

Listen to the Address here.

The Bishop's Pilgrimage Blog, to which he refers in his Address, is available at the following link:

  • Picture - Bishop Stephen Cottrell addressing the Chelmsford Diocesan Synod on 12 November 2016.
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