New Bishop of Chelmsford ready for 'big challenges'
The Right Reverend Stephen Cottrell is currently Bishop of Reading
The new Anglican Bishop of Chelmsford hopes to be able to address a number of big challenges facing the church when he takes up the post later this year.
The Right Reverend Stephen Cottrell has been announced as the 10th Bishop of the country's second largest diocese.
He said taking a lead in green issues and reconnecting the church with young people were two of his greatest tasks.
The current Bishop of Reading told BBC Essex: "I look forward to taking a lead on those kinds of issues."
"Many people know little or nothing about the Christian faith, they're growing up like I did without contact with the Christian church," he added.
"Reconnecting with our communities, reconnecting with individuals lives, being able to find ways of expressing the Christian faith which connect to the questions people are asking today.
"That's the challenge of the church in every age, but it's a big one in ours, but I'm excited by that.
Chelmsford Cathedral will be Bishop Stephen's new place of work
Bishop Stephen, who was born in Leigh-on-Sea and ordained in 1984, also explained the church had a role to play in promoting a 'greener' way of living.
"I do believe there's a wisdom in the church tradition about how we live sustainably, how we live simply, how we learn what's enough," he said.
The Right Reverend, who succeeds the
retired Bishop John Gladwin,
also hopes to address any concerns which are leading people to leave the Church of England.
"For those who are feeling anxious about some of the big issues facing us internally, particularly the issue of women being ordained as Bishops, I hope I'll be an assuring presence," he told BBC Essex.
"I myself support women as Priests and Bishops, but I also support wanting to honour and provide for those who disagree."
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