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Odds on the new Bishop of London

Odds on the new Bishop of London

Bookies in Britain are placing odds on the likely nominees for the next Bishop of London. According to Christian Today, 

The Bishop of Chelmsford, Stephen Cottrell, has been named as the favourite to succeed Richard Chartres as Bishop of London.

Cottrell is 3/1 favourite with bookmakers William Hill for the Church of England’s third most senior job after Archbishop of Canterbury and York. …

Cottrell made his name as suffragan Bishop of Reading, where he brought healing to the Oxford diocese, fractured by the controversy over an attempt to appoint Dr Jeffrey John, a partnered gay clergyman who instead became Dean of St Albans.

He is originally from the Church’s Catholic wing but has demonstrated gifts that appeal across the spectrum.

The Rt Rev. Rachel Treweek, the first woman to become a diocesan bishop in the Church of England, is running second at 4/1.

Formal proceedings to name a successor to the Rt Rev. Richard Chartres will not begin until after he retires at the beginning of February; but already the bets are on. Read more here. Christianity Today also has a helpful guide to how the next Bishop of London will be chosen, here.

Featured image: Stephen Cottrell, Bishop of Chelmsford, celebrating the Queen’s 90th birthday in 2016, via stephencottrell.org 

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Tim Chesterton

‘Christian Today’ (a British magazine), not ‘Christianity Today’ (an American magazine).

David Allen

Fixed.

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