The ethical complexity of new technologies can seem overwhelming. The Bishop of Oxford offers five key questions for keeping ethics at the centre of AI strategy.

The Top Ten Proverbs for Twitter and Facebook

People in Britain spend more time online than they do sleeping: 8 hours 41 minutes a day according to an Ofcom survey in 2014.  That’s twice as much time as the average person spends watching television.  The same “average” person…

Christ is Risen!

The Cathedral held a dawn service on Easter Day this year.  I set the alarm for 4.30 in the morning for a 5.30 start. The service began in darkness: readings and prayers from the Old Testament looking back to creation, to the Exodus, to…

Humility

On Thursday of this week, I will be taking part in two profound symbolic actions in the Cathedral which have humility at their very heart. The first is the Royal Maundy.  Her Majesty the Queen will distribute gifts to eighty-nine men and…

The Crossroads Mission

Twenty-one bishops from across the north of England are visiting the Diocese of Sheffield in September for four days of mission together, led by the Archbishop of York.  We’ve called the mission “Crossroads”. As far as I know, it’s…

Who is my neighbour?

Less than two thirds of the population cast their vote in the last General Election in 2010.  Less than half of under 25’s turned out to vote.  People feel detached from politics. Our society needs fresh vision.  We face different threats…
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Leading God’s People

It’s not often I read a book and then go straight back to the beginning and start again. I have a small number of contemporary books on leadership which (I think) should be on every minister’s shelf.  Leading God’s People has gone straight…

The Good Samaritan and Climate Change

How should a Christian think and speak about climate change? Climate change is a present reality not a future threat.  It’s a present reality for millions of the poorest people in the world who are affected today by rising sea levels,…

Leading Well: a new beginning

We begin a new course in the Diocese of Sheffield tomorrow called Leading Well.  It's a new three year rolling programme for incumbents across the Diocese.  The first cohort of around twenty are mainly in their first three years of their first…

Resourcing Ministerial Education Task Group

What is the remit for this task group? The way we encourage, prepare and form lay and ordained ministers is critical for the future mission of the Church of England. This Task Group was asked to look at the resourcing of that ministerial…