Leaders' Letters

Leaders' letters and blogs from the Diocesan eNews

May 16, The Dean: A college, a comedy and hope.
Posted Thursday 19 May 2016
Every spring the College of Canons holds its annual meeting at the Cathedral. Who are the College of Canons you may well ask! Up to twenty four ...

April 16, Archdeacon Penny: Support the call to a week of prayer
Posted Thursday 21 April 2016
Our new Evangelism Enabler, the Rev'd Mike Talbot, is encouraging us all to join together in a wave of prayer in the lead up to Pentecost. We are ...

March 16, Archdeacon Kevin: Renewal and mission
Posted Monday 21 March 2016
What an astonishingly rich and varied seven years Anne and I have had in the Diocese of Carlisle. We never imagined when we first moved here from ...

February 16, Archdeacon Richard: God for All
Posted Thursday 4 February 2016
Tricia Rogers, our first Mission Community Leader, in her recent interview for the post, made the interesting point that we need to think a lot ...

November 15, Bishop James: Good endings
Posted Wednesday 18 November 2015
Apparently surveys show that people’s most troubling and consistent fear is public speaking. Second on the list is not spiders - or the dark - ...

October 15, Bishop Robert: That is amazing
Posted Wednesday 21 October 2015
Astonishingly (and wonderfully) we now know that across our diocese those new styles of church that are labelled fresh expressions account for one ...

August 15, Bishop's Chaplain George Howe: "I have called you friends..."
Posted Tuesday 25 August 2015
In a recent edition of “The Times” Archdeacon Peter Townley wrote of his experience of inter-church friendships with Christians in Germany, ...

July 15, Bishop James: Volunteers
Posted Friday 17 July 2015
Last year I found myself heavily involved with the so-called ‘Flesh and Blood’ campaign. Its purpose was to encourage more people to become blood ...

June 15, Archdeacon Penny: God for All, All for God
Posted Tuesday 23 June 2015
The real challenge of the God for All plans and strategy is that it means everyone doing their bit. It means - All for God!

Nov 11, Archdeacon Kevin: We welcome you
Posted Sunday 30 October 2011
You will have said those words many times at baptism services. I said them recently in the Cathedral at the admission of an Honorary Canon. And ...

Mar 11 Archdeacon Kevin: Appointed to be read
Posted Thursday 24 March 2011
This year is the 400th anniversary of the publication of the King James version of the Bible in 1611. Few books have had the same enduring impact ...

Feb 11 Bishop James: The Way Ahead
Posted Thursday 24 March 2011
In the year I was born Yale University conducted a survey of graduating students. The idea was to discover how many of them had written goals for ...

Jan 11 Archdeacon Richard: There's a knock at the door...
Posted Thursday 24 March 2011
The Vicar opens it and there is one of the regular callers. It’s a young woman, pasty looking, slightly scruffy, shivering because she is ...

Dec 10 Bishop James: Women bishops
Posted Thursday 24 March 2011
During 2011 the ‘Women Bishops’ issue will be discussed by all our Deanery Synods. Towards the end of the year the result of all that ...

Nov 10 Archdeacon George: The Micawber Principle
Posted Thursday 24 March 2011
By the time this letter is published, we’ll know the worst ! We’ve been prepared for it for long enough; on the principle that when it comes, ...

Oct 10 Bishop James: Faith and fun
Posted Thursday 24 March 2011
Radio Cumbria recently ran a feature on their Sunday breakfast programme about churchgoing and ‘fun’. Should church be a ‘fun experience’ ...

Sep 10 The Dean: A 21st Century Mother Church
Posted Thursday 24 March 2011
"We must stop using the idea of Mother Church when we talk about Cathedrals� - so said one Dean at a recent meeting. “It smacks of ‘Mother ...

Aug 10 Bishop James: The Begatitudes
Posted Thursday 24 March 2011
I remember once talking to someone who had recently become a Christian and was steadily reading his way right through the Bible, from Genesis to ...

Jun 10 Archdeacon Kevin: all eyes on the game
Posted Thursday 24 March 2011
If like me you are a football fan you may well be reading this edition of The News with one eye firmly on the TV screen. If the very thought of ...

May 10 Archdeacon Richard: How will you vote?
Posted Thursday 24 March 2011
You may be one of those who viscerally belong to a particular party - not so different from belonging to a church or a family. Or you may be one ...

Apr 10 Bishop James: Pilgrimage
Posted Thursday 24 March 2011
I recently spent several days in Rome on a course devoted to relationships between Anglicans and Roman Catholics. As well as meeting the Pope and ...

Mar 10 Archdeacon George: Is it nothing to you?
Posted Thursday 24 March 2011
“ Is it nothing to you, all you who pass by ? Look and see if there is any sorrow like my sorrow�. Those haunting words from the Book of ...

Feb 2010 Bishop James: What are bishops for?
Posted Thursday 24 March 2011
A woman whose wedding I conducted recently told me that when he was six her brother was asked what he wanted to be when he grew up. ‘A ...