The Rt Revd Dr Laurie Green, has announced that he will retire on 28 February 2011 after 18 years as Bishop of Bradwell in the Diocese of Chelmsford. Bishop Laurie is currently the longest-serving Bishop in one particular See (or Bishop’s Area).
Bishop Laurie says: “It seems strange to be nearing the end of my 18 years as Bishop in the Diocese in which I was born and from which I was first sponsored to Ordination some 40 years ago.
“I do, however, want to have time for my other interests and the national Church already has some part-time work for me to do; so I will keep active. But I know the time has come for me to move into retirement in Sussex and for the Diocese to have a new and fresh Area Bishop to take the work and the mission forward in new ways.”
The new Bishop of Chelmsford, The Rt Revd Stephen Cottrell, added: “Bishop Laurie has been a fantastic servant of the Church. His love of the gospel and his passion for justice have inspired many.
“He is one of those people who embodies in his life the gospel he proclaims. He makes faith real, and Essex and East London will miss him hugely. In particular, the churches of the Bradwell Episcopal Area will be without a much loved pastor and a very wise and practical counsellor.
“Jesus challenges all of us to go the second mile in our discipleship. I reckon Bishop Laurie has gone the third as well!”
Among other opportunities to say farewell will be a Service in Chelmsford Cathedral in January 2011.