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Andreas Whittam Smith is best known as the man who started the Independent newspaper. Equally significantly, as First Estates Commissioner, he has effectively ‘run’ the Church Commissioners for quite a few years – and done so brilliantly. He’s stepping down soon and late last year he addressed the House of Bishops. I was struck by what he said – that he feels more hopeful about the Church of England now than he has done for a long time.
That’s quite something coming from a seasoned old hack like Andreas and I found it very encouraging. Why did he feel so hopeful? He felt the Church is at long last waking up to the fact that ‘business as usual’ is no longer an option and, more than that, is taking bold and innovative steps to reform and renew.