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Bishop of Salisbury takes leading role in ministry of and among Deaf and disabled people

The Bishop of Salisbury, the Rt Rev Nicholas Holtam, is to chair the Church of England's Committee for Ministry of and among Deaf and Disabled People (CMDDP).  The appointment was made by the Archbishops of Canterbury and York in consultation with the Appointments Committee.

Bishop Nicholas said of his new role: "I am delighted have been asked to chair this Committee. God loves all people. It is important that the Church not only preaches this message but acts upon it. I look forward to working with the Committee, the two part-time advisors and my fellow bishops in order to encourage their involvement."

The remit of the CMDDP  is to encourage and strengthen the participation of Deaf and disabled people in the witness of the Church. It advises those involved in ministry among Deaf and disabled people within the whole ministry of the Church, represents the views of Deaf people to the Church and the Church to Deaf people and advises those who hold responsibility for ministry in the Church on disability issues and the implementation of the Equalities Act. 

Two new part-time advisory posts have been established to work with the CMDDP, one for Deaf ministry and the other for disability issues.

The Ven Julian Hubbard, Director of Ministry for the Archbishops' Council, said: "Deaf people and those who live with disability have an enormous amount to contribute to the church and its mission.  As some recent tragic events have shown, it is vital for the church to be aware of them as people with particular gifts and for them to be included fully in its life. I look forward to working with these new colleagues to support this work."