Safeguarding Matters

Some of you will be aware that on the day of my inauguration as Bishop of Oxford, there was a small demonstration outside Christ Church by two survivors of sexual abuse who go by the names of ‘Joe’ and ‘Michael’. Christ Church welcomed…

St Luke's Day 2016

A message for all those leading groups for enquirers and new Christians I write this message on St Luke’s day to everyone in the Diocese of Oxford and beyond who is involved in planning or leading groups for enquirers and new Christians…
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Sing to the LORD a new song

Welcome Eucharists Psalm 96; Matthew 5.1-10 Thank you so much for your welcome.  It is very good to be here. I’m deeply thankful for the Church in these three counties.  I have experienced good things over many years. I am enjoying…

What’s your favourite film, Bishop?

I did a couple of television interviews on the morning of my inauguration service on 30th September.  At the end of the second interview, Emma from ITV asked me a question which should have been very simple: “What’s your favourite film?” My…

The Church of the Beatitudes

Inauguration as Bishop of Oxford Christ Church Cathedral Genesis 12.1-8 and Matthew 5.1-10 May I speak with humility, mercy and joy, May I speak of Jesus and his ways May I speak clearly and with boldness now and always.  Amen. Thank…

An immense privilege...’

We moved house a week ago and I write this in the midst of builders and packing cases.  It’s been a good move and we are glad to be here.  I’m looking forward to the inauguration of my ministry on September 30 and to the four Welcome Eucharists…

Listening to Jethro

A Presentation to the College of Bishops 13th September, 2016. The College of Bishops is the gathering of all the bishops of the Church of England.  We met last week for two days with the Scottish, Welsh and Irish bishops.  Each church…

Summer Joy

I hope you had a very good summer. Mine was full of good things. My youngest daughter Sarah became engaged.  Her fiancée, Simon, proposed at sunset in Florence.  I was able to spend two weeks with my grandson (mainly playing with trains…

Letter to the clergy and people of the Diocese of Oxford

To the clergy and people of the Diocese of Oxford Dear Friends and Colleagues, Thank you for your various messages of welcome and for your prayers following the announcement of my nomination as the Bishop of Oxford. It’s an enormous…

Towards a Common VIsion

At each Deanery day I have given an address attempting to answer the question of vision and future direction for the diocese.  This has evolved and changed significantly over the last five months.  Some of the early content was very different indeed.  We recorded the Aylesbury gathering on 26th April and the recording is available here.  You may want to listen to it as part of your preparation (particularly if you have not yet been to a deanery day or yours was one of the early meetings).