It was announced at 10am this morning by 10 Downing Street that I have been nominated to become the first (Anglican) Bishop of Leeds for the new diocese of West Yorkshire & the Dales. The Archbishop of York is to present me in Leeds before we then go on a tour of the cathedrals in Wakefield,…Continue
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The second book I have just read (see here for the first) from the imaginative Princeton University Press series Lives of Great Religious Books is John J. Collins'…Continue
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I haven't been writing much recently. Too many other things going on (or not going on, as it were) and not much to say.
The Pilling Report needs more thought and…Continue
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1. Why is my fantasy league team rubbish and getting worse?
2. Why did Education Minister Michael Gove recently accuse education in Bradford of having been appalling for decades when (a) education in Bradford had been run by a government agency for the last ten years, and (b) the failed…Continue
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One day in the life of the General Synod of the Church of England here in London.
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The General Synod of the Church of England is meeting for three days in London. Like many others, I approach such meetings with a mixture of serious anticipation and reluctant resignation. I might be unusual, but I usually need some prior wider preparatory thinking that sets the particular agenda…Continue
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Whenever there is an atrocity committed against Christians elsewhere in the world I get asked what we are doing about it here. The insinuation is that we appease Muslims, but ignore the plight of Christians being persecuted or victimised in Muslim-majority countries.
The quick answer is…Continue
The Archbishop of Dublin did a biblical exposition for the assembled Anglican bishops in Oxford this morning. His name is Michael Jackson and it is too easy to make lame jokes about his sermon being a thriller.
He was excellent. But, the line that sticks – and I haven't got time to give…Continue
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I am spending four days this week with the bishops of the Anglican churches in England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales. Meeting in Oxford until Thursday, we are talking about sex – just for a change.
OK, we are talking about a load of other things as well, but there is a sense of perpetual…Continue
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… is where the Meissen Commission met from Thursday last week until yesterday (Sunday). Locating the annual joint Commission meeting in part of Bradford called Little Germany is not nearly as tactless as…Continue
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The Diocese of Bradford is currently hosting the Bishop of Khartoum, Sudan, as we celebrate 30 years of a diocesan link. Talking with the bishop over the last few days about the situation facing Christians in Sudan, I keep asking myself the question why a red line has been drawn in Syria, but not…Continue
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I know this is a bit narky, but try substituting any other brand of human being for 'religious' or Archbishop of Canterbury' in the leader article quoted in my last post. For example,…Continue
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It is rare that a national newspaper editorial exposes its prejudices so clearly. And, tempting though it is to just smile grimly and let it pass, here goes (again).
Here is how the concluding judgements of Friday's…Continue
While in the USA this week I only picked up the odd headline about the Archbishop of Canterbury and Wonga. Now I am back I am rather surprised and encouraged at what is going on.
First, it is encouraging…Continue
The bishops in the General Synod have to go on a duty rota in order to make sure that the House of Bishops is always quorate. There are usually far more bishops in the chamber than the rota requires, but you do feel obliged to be there when rota'd, however 'interesting' the debate might…Continue
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Well, would you believe it? A whole day at the General Synod in York without bishops being on the agenda. (Don't worry, Monday's coming.)
The mission of the Church of England makes it essential for us to open the door to women bishops – although there now seems to be a greater…Continue
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I had a bit of déjà-vu today. Meeting with an outside facilitator at the General Synod in small groups of around 20 reminded me of the indaba groups at the 2008 Lambeth Conference. And then, as now, people excluded from the conversations complained about 'secrecy' – clearly unable to distinguish…Continue
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Does the Church of England need a revolution or, a somewhat slower process, reformation?…Continue
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This is the text of my Presidential Address to the Bradford Diocesan Synod this morning.
The last couple of weeks have been very interesting for me. Last week Professor Ben Quash, our Honorary Canon Theologian, addressed the Clergy Study Day here in Cottingley on a ‘Theology of…Continue
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