Increasingly in my ministry, not least in my ministry with prisons and criminal justice, I reflect on the reality that all the brokenness in our world is rooted in broken relationship: Relationship with God, with neighbour and with self, and of course with the earth and the whole of creation. This is echoed in our failure to keep those commandments, underlined by Jesus Christ, to ‘love the Lord your God with all your heart, soul, mind and strength’ and to ‘love your neighbour as yourself’.
Speaking as Anglican Bishop for Prisons, Bishop Rachel spoke in General Synod on GS2294A; a motion from Worcester, on the Contribution of faith to the Rehabilitation of Offenders. Read theContinue reading
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
On Wednesday 1 February, at 6.15pm, Bishop Rachel will be part of a ceremony to mark the arrival of the Knife Angel at Gloucester Cathedral. The sculpture aims to raiseContinue reading
I was privileged last year to lead one of the first pilgrimages to the Holy Land after Israel reopened its boarders following the global pandemic. In contrast to previous pilgrimages, the Holy Sites were generally quiet – ours was the only group present in the chapel in Bethlehem where Jesus is traditionally thought to have been born. That quiet extended to another of our visits, like the vast majority of pilgrimages, to the Holocaust Memorial, Yad Vashem, in Jerusalem.
At the end of last year, the Nelson Trust opened a Women’s Centre in HMP Eastwood Park, an innovative new pilot funded by the Ministry of Justice ‘Local Leadership andContinue reading
Gloucester Cathedral is to host the thought-provoking ‘Knife Angel’ monument as part of the National Youth Anti-Violence Tour, highlighting the negative effects of violent and aggressive behaviour while also beingContinue reading
We live in a world in which we are acutely aware that ‘nation lifts up sword against nation’ and there is mess and pain and injustice. Whether it’s the narrative around immigration, or a fuel crisis, or the damage inflicted on our planet, or indeed the price of eggs, there is talk of justice in the public square.
Thankfully, in our vision of LIFE Together we have committed to be ‘advocates for flourishing through initiatives which combat injustice…’ yet I am under no illusion that acting with justice is easy or straightforward, and of course mercy and love must also be brought to the table.
Bishop Rachel has asked a question in the House of Lords about preventing domestic and sexual violence. She said, “My Lords, in this important issue of violence against men andContinue reading
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
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
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
Speaking as part of the Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Bill, Bishop Rachel spoke in favour of a Women’s Justice Board, as well as on violence reduction orders. The videosContinue reading
The Government has accepted Bishop Rachel’s principles behind her amendments to the Policing Bill when sentencing primary carers. She says, “Losing a parent to prison can have a devastating impactContinue reading
Bishop Rachel spoke in the House of Lords on controversial IPP sentences (imprisonment for public protection). She spoke in favour of amendments which have support across the House. Read theContinue reading
Bishop Rachel spoke in the House of Lords on the Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Bill, on the ethics around an amendment that would affect parental imprisonment. Watch in full:Continue reading
In partnership with Revolving Doors (working together on the Amendment), The Nelson Trust, Women in Prison and the Prison Reform Trust, Bishop Rachel spoke in a debate in the HouseContinue reading
A blog from the Revd Dr (Mother) Alycia Timmis, Priest-in-Charge, The Northleach Benefice “Justice” is a word we use and hear quite a lot, but what does it mean? ItContinue reading
A message from Bishop Rachel Being a place of welcome and support for people released from prison: As Anglican Bishop for Prisons and a patron of The Welcome Directory IContinue reading