Vacancy in See

The Rt. Revd David Urquhart will retire from the post of the Bishop of Birmingham on 18 October 2022, creating a vacancy in see. The Rt. Revd. Anne Hollinghurst, Bishop of Aston, Suffragan Bishop CofE Birmingham, will be authorised by the Archbishop of Canterbury as commissary bishop or ‘Acting Bishop’.

Bishop Anne commented,

 “The next season of our life as the Church of England Birmingham will be one of both transition and continuity. Transition as we give thanks for Bishop David and his ministry and begin to pray for whom God may be calling to join us in Birmingham. Continuity as we seek to faithfully walk together the journey that God has set us on. That journey involves our ongoing commitment to our Transforming Church vision - to see growing churches at the heart of each community, as well as being a transforming presence within them. Our core principles continue to focus us on lively discipleship and mission, encouraging us to embed the full five marks of mission in all that we seek to do and be, as followers of Jesus Christ. I look forward to continuing to work and pray alongside all our parishes, chaplaincies and new worshipping communities for the coming of God’s kingdom amongst us.

The Vacancy in See will begin in late Autumn 2022.
The Archbishops’ and Prime Minister’s appointment advisers will consult widely to build up a profile of the diocese, the needs of the city and the region and work with the Vacancy in See Committee on developing a role specification.  The  Crown Nominations  Commission made up of elected members from both the diocesan Vacancy in See Committee, and General Synod of the Church of England, will then meet to shortlist, interview and make recommendations to the Sovereign as to the next Bishop of Birmingham.