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Former Bishop of Durham, David Jenkins, to be remembered at St Paul’s Cathedral

Sunday 6 November 2016 - Evensong at 3.15 p.m

David Jenkins emerged from academia to be one of the most influential bishops of the late twentieth century. He became Bishop of Durham, in the North East of England, in 1984 at the height of the miners’ strike under Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher.

His prophetic voice in the pulpit, the lecture hall, the General Synod and the House of Lords earned him a reputation as a ‘controversial bishop’ and Baroness Thatcher famously dismissed his criticism of her political stance as that of a ‘cuckoo in Spring’.

He died in early September 2016 at the age of 91 and is warmly remembered as a man of great faith and great intellect, passionate about the Gospel and social justice, and one who drew others to follow Christ and to talk about Jesus in pubs and working men’s clubs as well as in churches and colleges.

St Paul’s Cathedral will remember him and give thanks for his life and witness at Evensong on Sunday 6 November 2016 at 3.15 p.m. Former Dean of Durham, the Very Reverend Dr John Arnold, OBE, who served alongside Bishop David in Durham for five years, will preach the sermon. The service is open to everyone and will last just over one hour.

The Reverend Canon Michael Hampel, Precentor of St Paul’s, commented, ‘Sitting at the feet of this great latter day prophet in Durham Cathedral as an undergraduate, I began to believe that I might one day serve the Church as a priest and pastor.

'Bishop David Jenkins ordained me in the early 1990s and I still feel inspired by his passion for the Gospel and for social justice over twenty years later.’

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