Wednesday, 13 February 2008

Re-launch of Chelmsford Diocesan Evangelical Association

Over forty people from across the Diocese, half of them clergy, gathered at St Michael’s Church House in Braintree on Saturday 9th February for the relaunch of the Chelmsford Diocesan Evangelical Association.

The gathering was addressed by the Bishop of Willesden, the Rt Revd Pete Broadbent. Quoting from WB Yeats, “The best lack all conviction, while the worst are full of passionate intensity,” he spoke about the issues facing the church generally and evangelicals in particular. These include questions of belief, ethics and inclusivity, as well as the “creeping disestablishment” of the Church of England.

Bishop Pete also spoke about some of the structures for mission which had been successfully introduced in the Diocese of London. In response to questions, he urged evangelicals in Chelmsford to full involvement in the structures of synods and elections.

Later in the morning, a ‘steering group’ of volunteers was set up, including Peter Taylor the Archdeacon of Harlow, which will arrange some more meetings of the CDEA for this year and compile a proper list of members. Advance notice was also given of the next Chelmsford Anglican Bible Conference on the 4th October this year. This emerged from the old Diocesan Evangelical Association and is now in its seventh year.

If you would like to join the CDEA, please contact Revd Mike Reith (

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