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Message from Bishop Rachel, 16 April 2024

In this season of Easter as we celebrate Christ’s resurrection how do we live and speak of Christ’s transforming love, hope and life in all its fulness, as we pay attention to the struggles, challenges and hopes of people’s lives (children, young people and adults)? And what might that mean for the ways we engage with political decisions and priorities at local and national level?

Message from Bishop Rachel, 16 April 2024
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Message from Bishop Rachel, 5 March 2024

In recent days as I have entered into the lives and stories of individuals and communities in the diocese, as well as participated in General Synod and the country’s political arena, the Lent journey through the wilderness and towards the foot of the cross seems as poignant as ever. The pain, brokenness and injustices of our world are writ large, yet amid all the conflict, suffering, fear and uncertainty we hold fast to the hope of the empty tomb and the ever-present signs of the Kingdom of God within us and around us.

Message from Bishop Rachel, 5 March 2024
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Message from Bishop Rachel, 27 February 2024

Throughout the gospels we are repeatedly confronted with Jesus Christ’s encounters with individuals and with groups of people. Often, we get a glimpse of an individual’s story and the way they view life from the context in which they are embedded, and we see Jesus engage with who they are. Our reactions probably range from disturbance through to curiosity and delight.

Message from Bishop Rachel, 27 February 2024
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Message from Bishop Rachel, 23 January 2024

This Saturday is Holocaust Memorial Day (HMD), held each year on 27 January which marks the anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau.

Every year, HMD is not only a day to remember the millions of Jews and ‘others’ murdered in the Holocaust, but also the acts of genocide which have happened elsewhere in the world in the years that followed. HMD is an invitation to pause and reflect alongside people of different faiths, views and backgrounds regarding how easily people are ‘othered’. We are invited to pay attention to the dark path that othering takes us down, whether it be about groups and neighbours in our local contexts, or about peoples and groups in distant parts of the world.

Message from Bishop Rachel, 23 January 2024
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Message from Bishop Rachel, 9 January 2024

In these early days of  2024 I have enjoyed the beauty of creation whilst also being aware of the devastation of wind and earthquake, and storm and flood, not least within our diocese. Indeed, I’m sure that each of us has begun this year acutely aware of the pain and turbulence in our world, whether that be locally and in our own lives, or whether it is the horror of what is going on in Gaza and across Israel and Palestine, or in Ukraine and elsewhere.

Message from Bishop Rachel, 9 January 2024
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