THE ARCHBISHOPS OF CANTERBURY AND YORK have appointed the Rt Rev Donald Allister, Bishop of Peterborough to succeed the Rt Rev Christopher Hill, Bishop of Guildford, as Chair of the Council for Christian Unity. Bishop Christopher will be stepping down at the end of June 2013 after a five-year term of office. The Bishop of Peterborough has been a member of the Council since 2006.
Speaking of his role on the Council, Bishop Christopher said: â€œI have hugely enjoyed my time as Chairman of the Council for Christian Unity. In fact, I have been associated with the Council and its predecessor, the old Board for Mission and Unity, for many years in different capacities. The Council is a most important instrument for the ecumenical thrust of the Church of England.
â€œI should also like to express my warmest welcome for the appointment made by the Archbishops in consultation with the Appointmentsâ€™ Committee of Bishop Donald as my successor. He has been a wonderful colleague on the CCU and in some detailed work we have done together. I shall leave the Chairmanship in the middle of next year with very positive feelings about its direction for the future with Bishop Donald.â€
Speaking of his appointment, Bishop Donald said: â€œI feel deeply honoured to be asked by our Archbishops to follow Bishop Christopher as Chair of CCU. It has been a joy to serve on the Council since 2006 and, through that, to get to know and work with many of our ecumenical partners. Ecumenism properly understood (the sharing of faith, love, worship and witness rather than the bureaucracy) is vital. God is one and calls his people to be one and to love one another so that the world may believe.â€