NEWLY installed Anglican Bishop of Newcastle Greg Thompson focused on the issues of justice and compassion during his first official sermon at Christ Church Cathedral yesterday.
Bishop Thompson, elected by the Anglican Synod in September last year to serve as the 13th bishop of the city, ushered in a new era of mission and ministry in the Newcastle Diocese in front of a congregation of more than 900 people.
Bishop Thompson replaces Dr Brian Farren, who retired after eight years in the job in December 2012.
In a ceremony which blended traditional and modern elements, a grand procession of clergy, including bishops from around Australia and other visiting church leaders, began the installation before Bishop Thompson knocked on the great west doors.
He was welcomed by the Dean of the Cathedral Canon Stephen Williams and then presented with the pastoral staff used by Newcastle’s first Bishop William Tyrrell.
In a wide ranging address, Bishop Thompson, who has experience in social justice ministries in Sydney and the Northern Territory, focused particularly on themes of justice and compassion.
Later Bishop Thompson stepped outside to pray over the city.
Raised in the Upper Hunter , Bishop Thompson was the Bishop of the Northern Territory diocese when he was elected last year.