Clergy statement on Westminster Abbey service

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Christian CND has been coordinating the following statement on the upcoming “National Service of Thanksgiving”

We are clergy within the Church of England and we believe the planned “Service of Thanksgiving” at Westminster Abbey to mark 50 years of Britain’s nuclear weapons being on constant patrol at sea should not go ahead.

At a time when the United Nations has agreed a new Treaty to ban nuclear weapons and the Church of England General Synod passed a motion calling on Christians to “work tirelessly for their elimination across the world”, we believe this service sends the wrong message to the global Anglican communion.

We hope that the Dean of Westminster Abbey will urgently reconsider the planned service and instead engage with the campaign to eliminate nuclear weapons across the world.

Ven Indrea Alexander, Waimate, New Zealand
Revd Joanna Anderson, Worcester
Revd Dr. Peter M. Antoci, Diocese of Washington, United States of America
Fr. Chris Atkinson, Vicar of Bourne
Revd Jonathan  Barker, Cotherstone
Rev Roger Barker, Diocese of Dunedin, New Zealand
Revd Fr Dan Barnes-Davies, East London
Revd David Barton, Oxford
Canon D. O. Bell
Rev Jim Benton-Evans, Priest-In-Charge, East End Team Ministry and Diocesan Youth Chaplain, United Diocese of Glasgow and Galloway
The Revd Dr Stephen Brian, Rector of the Mid Loes Benefice
Revd. Stephen Bishop
Revd Amanda Bradley Hamilton New Zealand
Revd Tim Brooke, Coventry

Revd Dorothy Brooker, Waiapu, Napier, New Zealand
Rev Kim Brown, Ordained Pioneer Minister at The Upper Room, Cirencester
Revd. Stephen Brown, York
Revd Adrienne Bruce, recently retired as Regional Dean in the Vay of Plenty in the Diocese of Waiapu
Rev’d Arthur Bruce, recently retired as Vicar of St John’s Otumoetai, Tauranga in the Diocese of Waiapu
Revd Marcus Bull, Erringden Benefice, Calderdale

Revd Roger Burne, King’s Sutton
Revd Canon Prof Richard Burridge FKC, The Dean of King’s College London & Professor of Biblical Interpretation
Revd David Burton, Devon
Revd Lynn Busfield, Hospital Chaplain, Birmingham
Revd Julia Butterworth, Canterbury
Revd Andrew Foreshew-Cain
Revd Sheila Cameron, Newcastle

Revd Tom Carson, Exeter
Revd Margery Cartledge, Diocese of Argyll and the Isles
Rev. Dr. Lorraine Cavanagh, Abergavenny 
Revd Arthur Champion, Diocesan Environmental Adviser, Gloucester
Revd Mike Claridge, Minister of The Cotteridge Church, Birmingham
Revd Andrew Clarke, Vicar of Holy Trinity Bingley with St Wilfrid Gilstead
Revd Jonathan Clatworthy, Liverpool
The Venerable Elwin Cockett, Archdeacon of West Ham
The Rt Revd Dr David Coles, Retired Bishop of Christchurch, New Zealand
Bishop George Connor, former bishop of Dunedin, Aotearoa, New Zealand
Revd. David Conolly, Diocese of Melbourne, Australia
Canon Richard Cook, Banbury St. Francis’ Church
Revd Susan Cooper
Canon Tony Cox, Leicester
Fr. Kevin Crinks CFC, Vicar of St. Mary the Virgin, Leigh

Revd Paul Cudby, Vicar of Tanworth in Arden, Birmingham
Rev Alex Czerwonka, Vicar St Luke’s Anglican Parish, Rotorua, New Zealand
Revd Jennifer d’Esterre, Gloucester

Revd Stephen Dando, Chichester
Revd Chris Darnell, Vicar St Mary’s Whitby, New Zealand
Revd Patricia Davidson, Waikohu co-operation Parish, Waiapu Diocese, New Zealand
Revd Nary Davies, St Chads Huapai, Auckland, New Zealand
Revd David F. Day, Napier South Parish, New Zealand
Revd Paul Day, Associate Vicar Shirley Parish, Birmingham
Revd Ruth Dewdney, Te Puke,  Diocese of Waiapu, New Zealand
Revd Canon Tony Dickinson, 
Anglican Chaplain in Genoa, Italy
Revd Professor Michael Donmall, Associate Priest, Saddleworth Team, Emeritus Professor of Health & Society, University of Manchester
Revd Robin Eastoe, Exeter
Fr Benjamin Edwards, Assistant Curate Parish of St Michael’s and St Luke’s, Beccles
Rebecca Elliott, Assistant Curate, West Worcester Rural Team, Clifton-upon-Teme
Rev. Jeremy Fagan, Team Rector Kirkby Team Ministry, Kirkby
Revd. Laura Fawcett, Vicar Holy Trinity Dalston and All Saints Haggerston, London
Rev Frank Fillary, New Zealand
Revd Kathryn Fleming, Canon Pastor Coventry Cathedral, Coventry

Rev’d John Flitcroft, St George Edgbaston, Birmingham
Revd Dr Carrie Pemberton Ford, Ely
Fr. Azariah France-Williams of SS. Peter and Paul, Teddington
Revd Ann H. Franklin, Brevard, North Carolina, United States of America
Revd Giles Fraser, Rector of St Mary, Newington
Revd Jeremy Fraser, Priest in Charge All Saints Forest Gate, Area Dean of Newham
Fr. John-Francis Friendship, Southwark

Revd Owen Gallacher, Associate Vicar All Saints, Worcester
Revd Canon Anthony Gann
Revd Ray Gaston, Team Vicar SS Chad & Mark, Parish of Central Wolverhampton
Rev. Dr Anne Bathurst Gilson, Brevard, North Carolina, United States of America
Revd Dr David L Gosling, Cambridge
Rt Revd Bishop Laurie Green, Chichester
Rt. Revd Clive Gregory, Bishop of Wolverhampton
Canon Alan Griggs, Leeds
Canon Giles Goddard, Vicar St John’s Church, London
Revd. Dot Gosling, Vicar and Bryn a Môr mission area leader, St Asaph diocese
Revd Canon Meg Guillebaud, St Phillips, Dorridge with St James, Bentley Heath
Revd Dr Ian Guy, Skelton-in-Cleveland
Canon John Hadley, St Anne’s Eastville, Bristol
Canon Christopher Hall, Banbury
Revd Dr Helen Hall, Associate Priest of the parish of St Peter and All Saints, Nottingham
Canon Fr Rob Hall, Rector in the Halas Team, Worcester
Revd Dr Christopher Halliday, Diocese of Washington
Revd Matt Harbage, London
Revd John Harper, Yaxley, Peterborough
Revd. Dr. Darrell D. Hannah, Rector of All Saints’, Ascot Heath
Revd Christopher Harrison, Rector of the parish of St Peter and All Saints, Nottingham
Rev. Dr. V.Jonathan Hartfield. Parish of Whanganui, New Zealand
Revd John Hebenton TSSF, St. Georges Church Tauranga, New Zealand
The Rt Rev Andrew Hedge, Bishop of Waiapu, New Zealand
Rev’d Jonathan Herbert, Church of England Chaplain to Gypsies and Travellers, Dorset and Wiltshire
Revd Canon Garth Hewitt, singer/songwriter and Founder of Amos Trust, London

Rev Dr Carter Heyward Professor Emerita of Theology, Episcopal Divinity School , Cambridge Massachusetts, United States of America
Revd Canon Tim Higgins TSSF, Pwllheli
Revd Garry AF Hinchcliffe, Team Rector of Knaresborough
Revd. Ben Hopkinson, Northumberland
Revd. Ben Humphries, Vicar of White City, London
Revd Christopher Idle, Herne Hill
Rev’d Dr Tom Innes, Springfield, Canterbury, New Zealand
Rev David Ireson, Exmouth 

Canon Christopher Jage-Bowler, St George’s, Berlin
Revd Steve Jarvis, Associate Vicar, The Parish of Stratford-upon-Avon
Revd Martin Jewitt – Canterbury
Revd Canon Nick Jowett, Sheffield
The Very Revd. Thomas B. Kennedy, Dean Emeritus, The Cathedral Church of St. Paul, Boston, Massachusetts, United States of America
Revd Canon Keith Lamdin, Salisbury
Rev Daniel Lander, St John’s Theological College, Anglican Church in Aotearoa, New Zealand and Polynesia
Revd Emma Langley, Vicar St Alban’s Church, Bristol
The Revd Peter Law-Jones, Vicar of Shirley
Revd Dr. Bruce B Lawrence, Priest Associate, St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church, Hillsborough, North Carolina, United States of America
Revd Janice Leaver, Woodbridge 
The Revd Hugh Lee, Associate Priest, Beckley, Forest Hill, Horton-cum-Studley and Stanton St John, Oxford
Rev. Dr. Jim Lewis Episcopal Priest West Virginia, United States of America
Rev. Bill Livingston, Brevard, North Carolina, United States of America
The Venerable Mike Lodge, Archdeacon of Southend
Fr Chris McDermott, Lead Chaplain University of Sussex
The Revd Brian McHenry CBE, Canterbury
The Revd Andrew McKearney, Vicar of Rose Hill, Donnington and Iffley Village, Oxford
Revd Dr Tim McKenzie Vicar St Michael & All Angels, Kelburn, Wellington, New Zealand
Revd. Canon Sheila McLachlan, New Romney

Rev Canon Clare Maclaren, Newcastle Cathedral
Revd Helen Marshall, Chaplain at St Ursula’s, Bern

Canon Dominic Melville, Vicar in the Halas Team & Rural Dean of Dudley
Bishop Murray Mills, New Zealand
Revd Christopher Minchin, Assistant Curate, Benwell and Scotswood Parish Team
Rev. Anne Moody, Papakura, New Zealand
Rev David Moore, Easton Christian Family Centre, Bristol
Revd Jenny Morgans
Revd Geoff Morris, Warwick
Rt Revd Roger Morris, Area Bishop of Colchester, Colchester
Revd Patrick Morrow, Chaplain, Associate Priest St Michael and All Angels with St Mary’s. Little Ilford
Revd David Mumford, Dunbar
Revd Deborah Murphy
Revd Mark Nash-Williams, Vicar of Alston Moor, Newcastle

Revd Imogen Nay, Rector St Andrew’s, Rugby
Revd Russ Naylor, Runcorn
Revd Paul A Newman, Winchester
Rev Paul Nicolson, Taxpayers Against Poverty
Revd John Nightingale, Canon Emeritus Birmingham Cathedral
Revd Bob Nind, Oxford
Revd Dr David Nixon, Rector of St Thomas, Exeter
Rev Canon Dr Andrew Normal, St Nicholas, Guildford
Revd Alice Nunn, Vicar of the Winterton Group Churches, Diocese of Lincoln
Rev Mike Oates, Chaplain Dorset Healthcare Trust
Dr Paul Oestreicher, Canon Emeritus, Coventry Cathedral
Rev Steve Openshaw, Priest in Charge of the Parish of Christ Church Walshaw, Bury
Revd. Prebendary David R Osborne, Castle Cary, Somerset
Rt. Revd. John Osmers former bishop of Eastern Zambia
The Revd Canon Dr Paul Overend, Chancellor of Lincoln Cathedral
Revd James Pacey, Vicar of St John’s Church Carrington, Nottingham
Revd Dr Sue Parfitt, St. Mary’s Cotham, Bristol
Rev. Dr. David T. N. Parry, Pontypridd
Rev Canon Brian Pearce, Monmouth
Revd Alyson Peberdy, Oxford
Rev. Dr. Raymond Pelly, Wellington, New Zealand
Rev. Nathaniel W. Pierce, Trappe, Maryland, United States of America
Revd Sr Stephen Pix, Associate Priest Woodstock and Blaydon, Oxford
The Very Rev’d Robert t. Pynn, Dean of Calgary, Emeritus, Calgary Alberta, Canada
Revd Dr Alan Race, Chair, Modern Church
Bishop Richard Randerson, Wellington, former Bishop of Auckland, New Zealand
The Very Rev. William Rankin, San Francisco, California, United States of America
Rev Donald Reece, University Church, Oxford
Revd Donald Reeves, Director the Soul of Europe.
Revd Nathanael Reuss, Associate Minister St Bart’s Anglican Church, Norwood
Rev Dr Christopher Richards, Cotham Parish Church, Bristol
Rev Jo Richards,  Canterbury
The Ven. Canon Helen Roud, Vicar St. Mary the Virgin, Addington, Priest in Charge St. Luke’s in the City, Archdeacon Christchurch, New Zealand
Revd John Russell, Harborne, Birmingham
Revd James Saxton, Associate Priest of the parish of St Peter and All Saints, Nottingham
Revd Peter Selby, Southwark
Fr Thomas Matthew Sharp, Curate, Newcastle Cathedral
Revd. Jane Shaw, Warminster
Revd. Deborah Snowball, Vicar of Rickmansworth
Revd. Jorge de França Souza, Igreja Episcopal Anglicana do Brasil, Diocese Anglicana de São Paulo, Brasil
Revd Dr Susannah Snyder, Oxford
Fr David Stephenson, Vicar St Mary with St Saviour Cotham & St Paul Clifton, Bristol
Revd Canon Martin Stephenson, Vicar of St Peter’s and Priest in Charge at St Michael’s Hall Green, Birmingham
Revd Lorraine Street, Priest-in-Charge, Parish of St. Paul’s, Rawdon, Nova Scotia, Canada
Revd James Stickings, Rector of Rotherfield Peppard and Kidmore End & Sonning Common
Revd Richard Tetlow, Birmingham
Revd Canon Dr Paul N Thompson, Director of Vocations, Monmouth
Rev. Prebendary Simon G. Thorburn, Lichfield
Revd Heinz Toller, Diocese of Argyll and the Isles

Revd Warwick Turnbull, Deacon of All Souls, Leeds
Revd Dr Steven Underdown, Groombridge, Kent
Mtr Ariadne van den Hof, Vicar of Christ Church, Shooters Hill
Canon Hilary Wakeman, Norwich
The Reverend Scott Watts, Team Vicar Vale & Cotswold Edge Team, Gloucester
Revd Graham Weir, York

Revd Karen Wellman, Vicar of St Mark’s Church Teddington
Fr.Michael Wells, S.Luke’s Queen’s Park, Brighton
Revd Jenny Welsh, St Mary the Boltons, West Brompton
Revd Sarah West, Diocese of Auckland, New Zealand
Fr Andrew White, Norwich
Revd Bill White, Rector of Greystoke with Penruddock, Matterdale and Mungrisdale
The Rev Tyler Wigg-Stevenson, Toronto, Canada
Canon. John Wilkinson, Smethwick
Revd Cate Williams, Mission and Evangelism Officer, Gloucester Diocese.
Revd Dr John Williams, Visiting Fellow and Part-Time Lecturer in Theology & Religious Studies, York St John University
Revd Martin Wilson
Revd Samantha Winney, Harwich Peninsula Parish
Revd Richard Wise, Rector of Bishopstoke, Eastleigh
Rev. Robert Woodroofe, Diocese of Connecticut, United States of America
Revd Timothy Woods, Minehead
Revd Andrew Woodward-Russell, Assistant Curate, East Greenwich
Revd Sonya J Wratten, Healthcare Chaplain, Diocese of Leicester

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