Bishop of Norwich set to appoint ecumenical canons 

In a show of church unity, the Bishop of Norwich is set to appoint three new ecumenical canons representing the Catholic, Methodist and independent Soul Church, to his Anglican cathedral.

The appointments will take place during the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity next January, when Bishop Graham will welcome: Pastor Jon Norman of Soul Church, the Very Rev David Paul, Dean of St John’s Catholic Cathedral and the Rev Julian Pursehouse, Chair of the East Anglia Methodist District.

The Bishop of Norwich said: “These three appointments are signs of the good relationships between the different churches in Norwich and more widely in the Diocese.  I am delighted that Fr David Paul and Rev Julian Pursehouse have accepted my invitation to become ecumenical canons of our cathedral church, illustrating the partnership in the gospel we enjoy with the Catholic and Methodist churches.

“I am delighted too that Jon Norman from Soul Church has accepted my invitation to become an ecumenical canon.  Along with his wife Chantel, he leads a very large and growing community church and has quickly become a significant church leader in our city, having returned after spending his younger years here.  We pray for God’s blessing on the ministries of our three new ecumenical canons and for a deepening of the relationships between all our churches.”

The Very Rev Jane Hedges, Dean of Norwich, said: "The Dean and Chapter are delighted that Bishop Graham has appointed three new ecumenical canons for the Cathedral. We hope through these appointments to continue to strengthen our good relationships with our brothers and sisters at the Catholic Cathedral, in the Methodist District and with the independent free churches. We have so much to give and to receive from each other and most important of all this gives us the opportunity to think further about our joint witness to Christ."

Pastor Jon, Dean David and Rev Julian, will be installed at Evensong in Norwich Cathedral on Sunday January 22 at 3.30pm.

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