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Bishop Mark Writes … On freedom and loving your neighbour

Bishop Mark Writes … On freedom and loving your neighbour

I am aware that some readers may still be thinking through the issues associated with vaccination against COVID. I offer the following as some personal reflections on how I’ve approached these issues. There are many good reasons why someone might choose to be...
Bishop Mark Writes … On Domestic Violence

Bishop Mark Writes … On Domestic Violence

As a young child I was an avid reader of newspaper comic strips. Along with Fred Bassett and the Wizard of Id one of my regulars was Andy Capp. Andy lived somewhere in the north of England and was never drawn without his cap pulled down over his eyes and a cigarette...
Bishop Mark Writes … On Prayer

Bishop Mark Writes … On Prayer

Sometimes the most efficient solutions are the least effective. Let me unpack that comment by referring to a section from my address to our recent Diocesan Synod. In it I made the following observation on the way in which ‘reset’ seems to have become the preferred...
Good things can be even better

Good things can be even better

Good things can be even better when we do them together. Next year, our Diocese will be participating together in three seasons of focussed engagement to help us better understand our shared call to mission. The first season, of study, will take place during Lent –...

Bishop Mark’s Christmas Message – Grace and Truth

Sometimes we struggle to know how to pursue two good goals simultaneously. Take, for example, the yearning for freedom and the desire to be safe. Both are important to us, but throw in a pandemic, the internet and a dose of scepticism towards authority and there’ll be...