News in brief – July 2015

What have we done?

Read the latest Annual Review below (also available in the latest Manna) to get a flavour of the work of the diocese over 2014.

You can read the full Annual report and accounts, with a forward from Bishop Peter, on the diocesan website.

Readers training morning

The Readers training morning takes place on Saturday 3rd October at the Blue School in Wells, followed by the Annual Service in the Cathedral in the afternoon. The speaker at the morning teach-in is Dr Knut Heim of Trinity College, Bristol. His talk is entitled ‘A Biblical Theology of Prosperity’.

He says: “The Bible offers serious engagement with all aspects of social reality, including wealth, poverty and the best way to use one’s resources. … The Bible provides practical and spiritual wisdom on how wealth may be properly made, kept, consumed and invested. … Interestingly, while material prosperity is seen as a blessing, it is not the sole and ultimate measure of success. Nor is poverty always the most undesirable consequence of one’s life choices. The material offered here presents resources for modern Christians on how to live well and do well in today’s late capitalist global environment.”

The Readers’ Council hopes that all Readers will be able to attend, and is also happy to accommodate up to 20 people who are not Readers. Any non-Readers who are interested should apply for a place to Richard Brown by email.  (Readers will receive details of the whole day in due course, and should reply to Richard then.)

Reconciling a Wounded Planet

Coventry Cathedral is hosting a major conference in September about the growing environmental crisis.

‘Reconciling a Wounded Planet’ is a two day conference where Christians will come together to consider ‘stories of hope’ in the midst of the growing environmental crisis that the world is experiencing.

Together, they will explore how Christians can work towards finding solutions and creating a lasting legacy that will protect the planet for generations to come.

With keynote speakers including Sir Ghillean Prance FRS VMH, Professor Richard Bauckham and Bishop James Jones, amongst others, there will be plenty of opportunities to share and discuss ideas, and to look for creative consensus together.

The two day conference is on the 18th and 19th September 2015 at Coventry Cathedral. For further details, please visit

Take action for Traidcraft

Traidcraft urgently needs your help.

Despite the growth in total Fairtrade sales, they’ve seen Traidcraft sales significantly decline because people buy in supermarkets instead of buying from Traidcraft. The decline in their sales means Traidcraft’s pioneering mission is now under serious threat.

You can help by making sure there’s a Traidcraft Fair Trader in your church – offer them as much support as possible and buy products through them. If you don’t have one, visit the Traidcraft website to read the full story, find out all the support they offer and access free resources.

New chaplain for General Synod

The Archbishops of Canterbury and York are pleased to announce the appointment of the Revd Michael Gisbourne, Vicar of Scotforth St Paul in the Diocese of Blackburn as Chaplain to the General Synod for the next five year session.

The Chaplain, working on a voluntary basis, will co-ordinate a team of volunteers drawn from Synod members and others to assist with the delivery of Synod worship. He will report into a small sub-group for Synod worship appointed by the Archbishops and chaired by the Rt Revd Robert Paterson, Bishop of Sodor and Man and Vice-Chair of the Liturgical Commission.

Michael attended part of the July 2015 General Synod meeting in order to shadow Canon Gavin Kirk and will take up his duties at the Inaugural session of General Synod in November 2015.

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