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Thank you to The Rt Revd Humphrey Southern for giving an informative and thought-provoking keynote address at our 2023 Annual Assembly (AGM), at Southwark Cathedral last year.

Our Annual Assembly is an opportunity for the Trust, our Court of Assistants and our Chief Executive, The Revd Ben Cahill-Nicholls to update our Governors on our achievements in the preceding year, and our goals for the future. 

Bishop Humphrey was appointed Bishop of Repton in the Diocese of Derby in 2007 and Principal of Ripon College Cuddesdon in 2015, where he liaises closely with sponsoring Bishops and Directors of Ordinands (DDOs), and supports final-year students in establishing themselves in curacies.

Bishop Humphrey Southern, wearing a cream-white jacket, a black shirt and a white dog collar.

'Called on the mountain to serve on the plain'

Bishop Humphrey began by talking about stress, and used this as a framing narrative to explore Mount Tabor in Galilee, encounters with God in the day-to-day and the continuing conversations between the traditional and the new in the modern Church.

"What, then, is the object – the desired outcome – of ministerial formation? What do we want ministers to be competent to do or to be?"

"From that sense of being mountain-called to a plain-based ministry, all else must follow, both for ministerial formation and the larger business of building Christian community."

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Bishop Humphrey's address

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Annual Assembly 2023 decisions

Our Governors unanimously approved our 2022 Annual Report, a year which saw us help more Anglican clergy and their families than ever before, with £4.96m awarded in grants to over 2,300 households.

We also welcomed new appointments to our Court of Assistants, including Richard Farmbrough moving to become Senior Treasurer (Chair), Constance Chinhengo moving to become a Treasurer (Vice Chair), and Anna McDonald joining us as a new Trustee.

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