Nick Baines: Fear of change shouldn’t obscure our mission

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THE Anglican Dioceses of Bradford, Ripon & Leeds and Wakefield will vote on proposals on March 2 that they be dissolved and a new single diocese for West Yorkshire and the Dales be created in their place.

It was in November 2010 that the Dioceses Commission did what it had been asked to do and published proposals for reorganising the Church of England in West Yorkshire and the Dales.

Having taken soundings from people across church, civic life and wider society, it proposed the dissolution of the Dioceses of Wakefield, Bradford and Ripon & Leeds, and the creation of a completely new diocese to cover (with a bit of tidying up around the edges) the same region more effectively.


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