Bishop Philip addressed the Methodist synod, on Saturday, at Truro Methodist Church, and reinforced his commitment to encouraging Anglicans and Methodists to stand and work alongside one another.

Steve Wild and Bishop Philip at Saturday’s Methodist synod.

Bishop Philip said: “I’m delighted that my Cornish ancestors numbered both Anglicans and Methodists in their number – indeed some of my ancestors were clearly caught up in mid-19th Century Methodist revival in Truro.

‘Increasingly close collaboration’

“So I’m ‘hard wired’ to be ecumenical: and it ought to be our default position to work across our denominational traditions wherever we can, recognising that there’s far more that unites us than divides us.

“So I look forward to increasingly close collaboration between the Diocese of Truro and the Methodist Church in Cornwall in the years to come.”