Bishop attempts to heal rift at Bournemouth's town centre parish

CRITICISED: Dr Ian Terry

CRITICISED: Dr Ian Terry

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THE Bishop of Southampton has attempted to heal an acrimonious rift in Bournemouth’s town centre parish.

The Bishop, the Right Reverend Jonathan Frost, told a gathering at St Stephen’s Church that he had received “disconcerting” letters, petitions and counter petitions about the leadership of the rector of the town centre parish, the Rev Ian Terry.

The Bishop, who organised the meeting, gave his public backing to the Dr Terry and heard a stream of speakers for and against him.

Dr Terry was criticised over a range of grievances including the organisation the rota of those speaking at Mass and the departure of five clergy since he took over three years ago.

Parishioner Francesca Jessop called on him to be replaced and was met by a loud round of clapping from many in the church.

She said: “It’s all show and no substance and he cannot keep his word.”

She asked the Bishop not to “patronise” her and called for the former team vicar Robin Harger or another to replace the rector.

Chris Watkins said St Stephen’s was “no longer a welcoming church” and spoke of his regret over the recent resignation of lay preacher the Rev Chris Colledge.

Many also stood up to air their support for the rector and the way he has run the parish.

But Martin Broad said there was “wide respect” for Dr Terry and said he had been horrified by the “obstinacy and nastiness” surrounding St Stephen’s.

Adrian Scott, parish warden, said he felt a lack of communication surrounding the departure of Robin Harger had led to people feeling resentful towards the rector “with Father Robin left in the corner”.

The Bishop said it had been decided that Dr Terry would not be at the meeting.

The Bishop had called on the congregation of the town centre churches, St Stephen's, St Peter's and St Augustin’s to temper their speeches with “love, charity and forbearance.”

Nick Edmonds, spokesman for the Diocese of Winchester, provided a statement.

He said: “Church life like all human life does not always run smoothly and from time to time tensions arise between people that need to be worked through carefully.

“All can be assured that, following a productive meeting on Thursday January 10, senior clergy are continuing to work closely with those in the Bournemouth Town Centre Parish to resolve the current situation.”

He said the Bishop of Southampton felt the meeting was “frank, and thoroughly worthwhile; an opportunity for deep exchange and conversation.”

The Bishop added: “The rector, Ian Terry, has my full confidence and support, and I would now ask everyone for the space and understanding for the Bournemouth church community to pull together as they find a constructive way forward through to a flourishing future.”

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5:28pm Thu 17 Jan 13

christchurch_d says...

I know Ian Terry well enough to know that he is a widely respected, intelligent and honourable person. It's a shame that petty political squabbles have boiled over into the public domain in this way, and equally sad that the Echo deliberately chose such an unflattering and aggressive-looking photo of him, presumably snapped when he least expected it. Neither it, nor the story, are representative of the man and the excellent job that he does.
I know Ian Terry well enough to know that he is a widely respected, intelligent and honourable person. It's a shame that petty political squabbles have boiled over into the public domain in this way, and equally sad that the Echo deliberately chose such an unflattering and aggressive-looking photo of him, presumably snapped when he least expected it. Neither it, nor the story, are representative of the man and the excellent job that he does. christchurch_d
  • Score: 1

8:17pm Thu 17 Jan 13

tramp_about_town says...

The church is such a peaceful, welcoming and tolerant establishment! how much we mere mortals have to learn from the ominpotent clergy and congregation!
The church is such a peaceful, welcoming and tolerant establishment! how much we mere mortals have to learn from the ominpotent clergy and congregation! tramp_about_town
  • Score: 0

8:25pm Thu 17 Jan 13

salicional says...

What happened to my comment identifying the above as an employee of the parish appointed following the resignation of the previous organist and, as I understand it, most of the choir?
What happened to my comment identifying the above as an employee of the parish appointed following the resignation of the previous organist and, as I understand it, most of the choir? salicional
  • Score: -1

3:04am Fri 18 Jan 13

davidhaz says...

I'm surprised there's enough Christians in Bournemouth for this story to be considered of interest. Religion is fast becoming an embarrassing footnote in history for this country. Anyone who still follows this nonsense should be ashamed of themselves - especially if they have children.
I'm surprised there's enough Christians in Bournemouth for this story to be considered of interest. Religion is fast becoming an embarrassing footnote in history for this country. Anyone who still follows this nonsense should be ashamed of themselves - especially if they have children. davidhaz
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6:25am Fri 18 Jan 13

christchurch_d says...

Tramp about town - the church is just made up of people like anyone else. No-one's perfect.
Tramp about town - the church is just made up of people like anyone else. No-one's perfect. christchurch_d
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9:45pm Fri 18 Jan 13

john 10 says...

There is no smoke without fire in my opinion, the truth will out i am sure.
There is no smoke without fire in my opinion, the truth will out i am sure. john 10
  • Score: 0

2:37am Sat 19 Jan 13

guisselle says...

More tea vicar!
More tea vicar! guisselle
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3:37pm Sat 19 Jan 13

cursed celt says...

christchurch_d wrote:
I know Ian Terry well enough to know that he is a widely respected, intelligent and honourable person. It's a shame that petty political squabbles have boiled over into the public domain in this way, and equally sad that the Echo deliberately chose such an unflattering and aggressive-looking photo of him, presumably snapped when he least expected it. Neither it, nor the story, are representative of the man and the excellent job that he does.
I agree with the above comment.
For a time I worshipped at St Peters and St Stephens and came to the conclusion that God had been left at the door. Dr. Ian Terry is a genuine and fair man.
[quote][p][bold]christchurch_d[/bold] wrote: I know Ian Terry well enough to know that he is a widely respected, intelligent and honourable person. It's a shame that petty political squabbles have boiled over into the public domain in this way, and equally sad that the Echo deliberately chose such an unflattering and aggressive-looking photo of him, presumably snapped when he least expected it. Neither it, nor the story, are representative of the man and the excellent job that he does.[/p][/quote]I agree with the above comment. For a time I worshipped at St Peters and St Stephens and came to the conclusion that God had been left at the door. Dr. Ian Terry is a genuine and fair man. cursed celt
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4:32pm Sat 19 Jan 13

davidhaz says...

kick more vicars out!! We need tesco express and theme bars more than we need churches!! (thats what they seem to be turning them into) Especially if they are COE. Sell all COE churches and give the cash back to the state. It's disgusting that church is still connected to the state in a so called modern democracy. Also why o why do we have bishops in the house of lords? Our legislaters should get their world view from the latest scientific data, cultural and social research and by listening to the peoples opinions NOT from some stupid book written 1900 yrs ago by a bunch of ignorant s. (the bible)
kick more vicars out!! We need tesco express and theme bars more than we need churches!! (thats what they seem to be turning them into) Especially if they are COE. Sell all COE churches and give the cash back to the state. It's disgusting that church is still connected to the state in a so called modern democracy. Also why o why do we have bishops in the house of lords? Our legislaters should get their world view from the latest scientific data, cultural and social research and by listening to the peoples opinions NOT from some stupid book written 1900 yrs ago by a bunch of ignorant s. (the bible) davidhaz
  • Score: 0

3:39pm Sun 20 Jan 13

rona says...

The holy bible is not a stupid book it was written for our guidance by the prophets who received there inspiration from God himself and is still with us today for all to read what God expects from us in todays world.
The holy bible is not a stupid book it was written for our guidance by the prophets who received there inspiration from God himself and is still with us today for all to read what God expects from us in todays world. rona
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4:15pm Sun 20 Jan 13

davidhaz says...

rona wrote:
The holy bible is not a stupid book it was written for our guidance by the prophets who received there inspiration from God himself and is still with us today for all to read what God expects from us in todays world.
delusional much?
[quote][p][bold]rona[/bold] wrote: The holy bible is not a stupid book it was written for our guidance by the prophets who received there inspiration from God himself and is still with us today for all to read what God expects from us in todays world.[/p][/quote]delusional much? davidhaz
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