Very encouraged yesterday. Our new bishop John came to the deanery for the day. He facilitated a very good conversation with the clergy of the deanery at chapter in the middle of the day, and in the evening he spoke at deanery synod. The bishop talked about the current situation in terms of mission and called for us to create 'counter-cultural Christian communities', offering 'radical hospitality, generously engaged with the world around us, and passionate about God'. Sounds to me like a very important and timely call.