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In his Christmas sermon in the Cathedral, Bishop Paul speaks about the peace that Jesus came to bring, and how knowing peace with God sets us free to be courageous peacemakers in our world today. He also gave special thanks for peacemakers working in conflict situations around the world, also for those working in the NHS and social care helping to support people living with the challenges around mental health. Read Bishop Paul’s Christmas Sermon in full below "Of all the bible passages

A question about Israel treatment of Christians in war-torn Gaza was asked by Bishop Paul in the House of Lords. During a session dedicated to an urgent question on the war, Bishop Paul raised details of two incidents concerning the small Christian population of the strip. The Israel Defense Forces are reported to have destroyed the entrance wall of the Anglican Al-Ahli hospital in Gaza City, closing that facility, detaining most of its staff and leaving a tank on the rubble.  The second

Bishop Paul has contributed to the debate on the Data Protection and Digital Information Bill during its second reading in the House of Lords today (19 December). The draft legislation aims to update and simplify the UK’s data protection framework.  Bishop Paul told the Upper House that, “high quality data is crucial to creating and sustaining a healthy and efficient society. But it is vital to get the balance between ownership, access, control, and legitimate use of that data right. Human flourishing

Bishop Paul, speaking in the House of Lords today (18th December), called on the government to find greater funding for charities and voluntary organisations who support the homeless. He highlighted the remarkable work done by the charities Framework Housing Association and Emmanuel House in Nottingham.  “They do exceptional work alongside the City Council, in seeking to help the ten thousand people on the (housing) waiting list,” Bishop Paul told their Lordships.  “But the rising demand for social care and increased homelessness has, in

‘A thrill of hope, the weary world rejoices. For yonder breaks a new and glorious morn.’ In his Christmas message, Bishop Paul reminds us that Jesus’ birth restores hope to a weary world. He shares, "this is why the church exists, not because Christians have all the answers to the biggest questions of life or never feel weary, but because the peace of Christ that passes all understanding can settle our restless hearts and awaken in us a thrill of hope

On Sunday 19th November, Bishop Andy led a Service of Collation, Induction and Installation for The Revd Andrew Porter as the new Vicar for St Edmund the King, Mansfield Woodhouse.   Bishop Andy paid tribute to those who had supported and continued the Gospel mission of St Edmund’s during the vacancy period, and the encouragement this gave as Andrew came alongside to share in this ministry.   Also present to support were congregants from Andrew’s former parish, Holy Trinity, Southwell and welcomes

St Andrew’s Church in Langar was filled with representatives from the surrounding village communities, as well as the family and friends of the Revd David Rowe last Wednesday evening as he was Instituted by Bishop Paul Williams as Rector of Wiverton in the Vale, in the Deanery of East Bingham. David and his wife Pixie have recently moved from Wellington, New Zealand where David was Dean of Wellington Cathedral and Archdeacon for Church Health and Growth in the Wellington Diocese from

Racial Justice Unit Conference, October 2023 Written by Revd Daniel Tsoi - Curate at St Nic's Nottingham “Being Built Together” was the first conference hosted by the Church of England’s Racial Justice Unit, which happened on 12th and 13th October, soon after our Diocesan Conference, at the Hayes Conference Centre in Swanwick. Revd Edith Iheama (curate at St Anne’s Worksop), Fola Sowunmi (LLM at St Stephen’s with St Paul’s, Hyson Green) and I attended the conference with more than 130 clergy and

The Southwell and Nottingham Diocesan Synod met on 13th May 2023 in Holy Trinity Church, Southwell. As a body of representatives of clergy and lay people from across the deaneries, the Diocesan Synod usually meets biannually along with the bishops, archdeacons, diocesan members on General Synod and other senior post holders in the diocese, seeking to work collaboratively to move forward the mission of the Church. Bishop Paul addressed the Diocesan Synod.

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