Diocese of Carlisle

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  • New Diocesan Safeguarding Advisor Appointed

    The Diocese of Carlisle – the Church of England in Cumbria – has appointed a new person to lead on safeguarding issues over the coming years.

    Joanna Van Lachertop will take up the role of Diocesan Safeguarding Advisor from the present DSA, Charles Proctor, who is set to retire.
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  • Bishop James welcomes Anti-Racism Taskforce Report

    The Bishop of Carlisle has welcomed a report published yesterday by the Archbishops’ Anti-Racism Taskforce.


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  • Bishop Emma appointed to new role as Bishop to the Archbishops of Canterbury and York

    The Bishop of Penrith has been appointed to a new role supporting both the Archbishops of Canterbury and York.

    The Rt Rev Dr Emma Ineson will become the Bishop to the Archbishops of Canterbury and York, based at Lambeth Palace in London, from 1 June.

    It means she will leave her role as Suffragan Bishop for the Diocese of Carlisle at the end of May, having been instrumental in leading the relaunch of the county’s ecumenical God for All vision.
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  • The Death of HRH The Duke of Edinburgh

    The following statement is released on behalf of the Bishop of Carlisle, the Rt Rev James Newcome, following today’s announcement by Buckingham Palace of the death of His Royal Highness Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh:

    “We are all deeply sorry to hear of the death of His Royal Highness Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh. When I recall him and his long years of public service three words come to my mind: loyalty, fortitude and humour.
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  • Statement: The Rev Robert Bailey Reference

    National Safeguarding Team, NST
    Following the conviction of Robert Bailey last year and criticism of the reference supplied by the Bishop of Carlisle, James Newcome, the National Safeguarding Team, NST, carried out an investigation into the bishop’s conduct according to House of Bishops guidelines.
    Bishop James cooperated fully with the investigation which concluded there were significant errors of judgement in his handling of this matter. He has accepted an informal rebuke from the Archbishop of York which will remain on file, and he will undergo further safeguarding training before he can resume safeguarding responsibilities as diocesan bishop. He has also issued an apology. The Church takes all safeguarding issues very seriously and is continuing to learn lessons from IICSA which criticised the Church’s response to survivors both at its public hearings and in its final report last October.
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  • The Diocese of Carlisle - Restructure

    This message has been sent on behalf of Diocesan Secretary Derek Hurton and the Bishop of Penrith, the Rt Rev Dr Emma Ineson, to all clergy.

    May we begin by thanking you, sincerely, for all you continue to do during these unprecedented
    times. We are well aware of the challenges that Lockdown 3.0 represents for everyone, especially as
    you look to continue to faithfully minister. We also appreciate the weariness that many of us feel at
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  • The Bishop of Penrith's New Year Message 2021

    The Bishop of Penrith encourages people to find joy in God, be patient in affliction and be faithful in prayer in a New Year’s message filmed as we entered a third national lockdown.

    The Rt Rev Dr Emma Ineson delivers her message from Kendal Castle and reflects on the need for people to pray for those who have COVID, our health professionals, teachers, communities, businesses and leaders.

    Bishop Emma draws on a passage from Romans 12:12 as the basis for her message: “Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer.”


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  • The Bishop of Carlisle’s Christmas Message 2020

    The Bishop of Carlisle praises NHS staff and all care workers in his annual Christmas message filmed at Carlisle’s Cumberland Infirmary.

    The Rt Rev James Newcome – the Church of England’s lead bishop on health and medical ethics - talks of the care and support being offered after a year in which the global pandemic placed huge pressures on the health sector.

    Bishop James also reveals that he has recently been poorly after testing positive for COVID, though he did not need any hospital treatment and has since returned to his duties after a period of rest and self-isolation.
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  • Countdown to Cumbria’s Big Carol Sing

    The final countdown is on to Cumbria’s Big Carol Sing which takes place this weekend.

    Across the county scores of people are set to take to their doorsteps to sing the carol Silent Night at 6.15pm on Sunday 20 December.

    The mass rendition will form part of a special Christmas programme to be presented by Richard Corrie on BBC Radio Cumbria from 6pm and which churches across Cumbria have heavily promoted.
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  • O Come All Ye Faithful for Cumbria’s Big Carol Sing

    A challenge has been set to create Cumbria’s biggest socially-distanced Christmas carol sing-along.

    The Diocese of Carlisle is working in partnership with BBC Radio Cumbria and other churches across the county to run Cumbria’s Big Carol Sing on Sunday 20 December.

    The radio station will broadcast a special programme from 6pm that evening, with as many people as possible being asked to sing the carol Silent Night on their doorsteps at 6.15pm. Read more

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