Bishop Rachel supported an amendment to the Online Safety Bill in the House of Lords seeking to protect women and girls online. Watch her full speech in the video belowContinue reading
Message from Bishop Robert, 25 April 2023
What is it that makes this country? There are of course a number of answers to that question, and none of them are mutually exclusive. Our history and our geography play a large part. Those features have been in part responsible for shaping our institutions of government nationally and locally
Bishop Rachel’s Chrism Eucharist sermon
Here you can read the full transcript from Bishop Rachel’s Chrism Eucharist sermon, on Thursday 6 April 2023. Readings: Revelation 1.5b-8 and Luke 7.36-50 Over these last couple of weeksContinue reading
Is sentencing effective for the offender? Pilot event with young people in Cheltenham
In partnership with All Saints Academy and the University of Gloucestershire, Bishop Rachel ran an event for Y11 and sixth form students exploring the sentences which are given for crimes.Continue reading
The Revd Canon Andrew Zihni announced as next Dean of Gloucester
Gloucester Cathedral is delighted to share that No. 10 Downing Street has announced that His Majesty the King has approved the appointment of Andrew Zihni as the 39th Dean ofContinue reading
A message from Bishop Rachel and Bishop Robert
Firstly, we want to reiterate our shame and sadness regarding the way those who identify as LGBTQI+ have too often experienced hostility and judgement within the Church rather than being cherished as members of the body of Christ with names and stories.
Living in Love and Faith – a message from Bishop Rachel and Bishop Robert
To our sisters and brothers in the Diocese of Gloucester … This week, we have spent a further three days with the Bishops of the Church of England in aContinue reading
Bishop Rachel’s Christmas message to all
There are so many messages of crisis: climate crisis, fuel crisis, cost of living, NHS, and crises across our world, including in Ukraine. And that crisis-messaging can make people anxious – even despairing … although crises are nothing new.
A message from Bishop Rachel to the Diocese of Gloucester this Christmas
This Christmas many people will come to church buildings, halls and schools to engage with the Christmas story through various services, nativity plays and events. I hope we will capture all those numbers, but then what?
The value of Women’s Centres
Bishop Rachel endorses new Women in Prison report.
Bishop Rachel interviewed live on BBC One
Bishop Rachel was interviewed live on BBC One by Kirsty Young as part of the BBC’s coverage of Her Late Majesty Queen Elizabeth II’s funeral service.
Bishop Rachel pays tribute to Her Late Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, in the House of Lords
On Saturday the Bishop of Gloucester was in the House of Lords participating in the many hours of tributes to Her Late Majesty Queen Elizabeth II Watch in full:
Bishops walk for The Children’s Society
Amendment: Due to the sad event of the death of Her Late Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, Bishop Rachel was unable to take part in this sponsored event. You may stillContinue reading
Bishop Rachel in debate on crime and sentencing
Bishop Rachel contributed to a debate in the House of Lords today, on the causes of crime, reoffending and rehabilitation ~ including the contribution of the voluntary sector.
HM Inspectorates of Prisons has released a progress report on the impact of COVID-19 on the criminal justice system.
The report finds that most agencies are not yet able to recover to their pre-COVID-19 position and warns that without a coordinated whole-system plan recovery is likely to be disjointedContinue reading
Thy Kingdom Come 2022
Let us pray! The Archbishops of Canterbury and York have invited parishes across England to join a great wave of prayer between Ascension and Pentecost 2018
Bishop Rachel urges the Government to focus on preventative and rehabilitative measures
Bishop Rachel has spoken in the House of Lords in response to the Queen’s Speech. She said, “I was perturbed that in relation to criminal justice the gracious [Queen’s] SpeechContinue reading
This week’s message from Bishop Rachel
Next week is Christian Aid week (May 15-21) and the focus is on drought and famine
Female Offender Strategy – where are we now?
Bishop Rachel has responded to the Public Accounts Committee’s report on improving outcomes for women in the criminal justice system. The summary of the report concludes that while “the aimsContinue reading
Bishop Rachel’s Easter Day Sermon
I wonder what difficult and challenging questions you have asked or heard this week. How can an unarmed black man, held face down, then be shot in the head by an armed police officer?
A message from Bishop Rachel
Last week I returned from leading a pilgrimage to the Holy Land. It was a great privilege to walk the holy sites once more while also meeting people who liveContinue reading
Bishop Robert’s Bulletin message – My connection to education and schools
Education and schools seem somehow to have always been a part of my life. With my parents involved in different ways in schools, it was what we talked about asContinue reading
Bishop Rachel speaks out on the Nationality and Borders Bill
Bishop Rachel spoke yesterday in the House of Lords to challenge the Nationality and Borders Bill, speaking up for migrant survivors of gender-based violence. She said it is “disproportionately difficultContinue reading
Bishop Rachel backs bid to block random sex licenses
“Allowing any licensed premises to offer sexual entertainment objectifies women and exacerbates the risk of women and girls being abused”.