06 September 2017
The Bishop of Lincoln was pleased to be able to welcome the Most Revd Dr Winston Halapua (Bishop of Polynesia and Primate and Archbishop of the Anglican Church in Aotearoa, New Zealand & Polynesia) and his wife, the Revd Sue Halapua, to the diocese recently.
The archbishop and his wife were present with USPG at this year’s Greenbelt Festival, where the archbishop led worship and sought to highlight the impact of climate change and his great concern at rising sea levels.
This issue had earlier been highlighted at a USPG International Consultation hosted by the archbishop in Fiji in 2016, an event that was attended by the Bishop of Lincoln, and which was referenced at this year’s Faith and the Environment Conference in our diocese.
Following the Bishop of Lincoln’s participation at the USPG International Consultation, efforts have been made to explore the possibility of a companion link between the Diocese of Lincoln and the Diocese of Polynesia.
As published in the July/August 2017 issue of Crosslincs, the bishop has previously stated that through our diocese “We share a vulnerability to rising sea levels, and this seems to me to be a good reason to try and develop some kind of twinning relationship with the diocese [of Polynesia].”
Such exploration continues, and it was a delight to welcome Archbishop Winston and his wife to our diocese as part of their visit in August. Following their visit, the archbishop preached in York Minster and he also spoke about climate change in an interview with BBC Radio York. It is possible to listen to this interview by following this link (the link will remain active during September 2017, and the interview may be found 1 hour and 48 minutes into the main programme).
Here follows an initial gallery showing their visit to the diocese. We are most grateful to all those who gave of their time and offered hospitality in extending a warm welcome to our visitors.