She pledged to work with churches to help they understand what those words would mean and how they should relate to the communities around them. And in a week where it was revealed that the number of people who call themselves a Christian is declining, the bishop-designate said that there is still a hunger for the spiritual.
“I don’t agree that society’s getting more secular,” she said. “It doesn’t mean that people don’t have faith or curiosity or a gap in their lives where religion might be, that they aren’t living with huge questions.
“I think that is an open door because the churches have got the tools and the ability to be able to connect with those people. That it’s a big challenge; that’s what we are going to need to be working on.”
And as part of this, she is keen to see the borough’s churches get more involved in social action.
“I know that 70% of our churches are involved in social action outreach,” she said. “That means that 30% aren’t.
‘The Venerable Graham said that for her first year as bishop, she intends to visit as many churches as she can and encourage the people that she meets there.’
— The Church of England (@churchofengland) July 22, 2019