Hundreds say farewell to Norfolk's Bishop David
Hundreds of clergy and parishioners made their way to Norwich Cathedral
yesterday (July 18) to bid farewell to the Bishop of Thetford, the Rt Revd Dr David Atkinson
, and his wife, Dr Sue Atkinson
, as they prepare to retire at the end of this month.
The Bishop of Norwich paid tribute to Bishop David's ministry of wise teaching and warm pastoral care and expressed the feeling of many when he said that that it will be hard to imagine the Diocese without him. He commented, "David Atkinson has been a wonderful colleague, wise in his advice and a true friend and companion in ministry. We will miss him enormously.
Bishop David and Sue came to Norfolk from the Diocese of Southwark in 2001. In addition to his pastoral ministry, Bishop David has served as Chair of the Board of Education, the Board of Ministry, the Youth and Children's Forum and the Diocesan Environment Group. He has also chaired the national Church of England's Mission and Theology Advisory Group.
Before ordination, Bishop David trained as an organic research chemist, and he has often taught on the relationship between science and religion with his most recent book being a reflection on climate change. Following his ordination he taught in the fields of the Psychology of Religion and Christian Ethics and was a Fellow of Corpus Christi College, Oxford.
Bishop David, who was presented with a cheque from clergy and parishioners across the Diocese, said, "I am very grateful to have been given the opprtunity to have served in the Diocese for the past eight years. It has been a privilege and Sue and I have much enjoyed being here. Though we will be moving back to London to be nearer our children and grandchildren, we will always remember Norfolk and Waveney with affection, and most especially the friends we have made and thje people and the churches we have grown to love."
Pictured above is the Bishop of Thetford (centre) with the Bishop of Norwich (L) the Rt Revd Graham James, and the Bishop of Lynn (R), the Rt Revd James Langstaff