Church leaders from across the diocese of Ripon and Leeds will debate plans to become part of a larger single diocese including Bradford and Wakefield, when they meet in Leeds later.
The Diocesan Synod of Ripon and Leeds will consider whether to support the Dioceses Commission Draft Scheme for a 'Diocese of Leeds', to be known as 'West Yorkshire and the Dales', which will be made up of three Yorkshire dioceses.
MUST MEET 'CERTAIN CONDITIONS'
Certain conditions must be met though which include an assurance that there would be no compulsory redundancies of diocesan staff or officers within two years of a new diocese coming into existence, and discussions with the Church Commissioners to ensure that any additional costs resulting from reorganisation do not fall on parishes or dioceses.
Among the other assurances the diocese would seek, would be that all parishes of the City of Leeds should be placed in the new Leeds episcopal area, that the plans should continue to include five episcopal areas, not four as some have suggested, and that the new Diocesan Bishop should be appointed before the measures take effect.
The 'Draft Scheme' is currently in its formal consultation phase which closes on April 30th. Find out more about the Diocese of Leeds here.