Bishop Philip's Blog

Safeguarding – if it’s God’s business, it’s all our business

Here is the text of a talk I gave at an event to celebrate the roles of our parish safeguarding co-ordinators.   ‘God is our strength and refuge, our very present help in time of trouble’. That’s how Psalm 46 starts and it was those words that first sprang into my mind when I was thinking what to […]

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Together this Christmas

Whatever your views on politics, I’m sure you would agree that a divided society cannot be a happy society; and ours has been sadly divided in recent years. Indeed, politicians themselves recognise that. They often talk about ‘bringing the country together’, although their plans to do so can, sadly, divide as much as they unite. […]

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Creationtide All Age Sermon: Songs for Earth

Here is the Creationtide all-age sermon I gave at Truro Cathedral during the Songs for Earth service in November. I guess many of you have been to some kind of Harvest service in the last couple of months. Maybe you went to something at church. Maybe you went to something at school. But I want […]

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Presidential address to Truro Diocesan Synod, November 2019

Romans 5:1-5 Therefore, since we are justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have obtained access to this grace in which we stand; and we boast in our hope of sharing the glory of God. And not only that, but we also boast in our sufferings, […]

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Trafalgar Sermon given at Madron 20 October, 2019

This is a copy of the Sermon given in Madron Church for the Trafalgar service. On 21 October, 1805 news of the battle of Trafalgar and Nelson’s death was first brought ashore by Penzance fishermen who met the boat (HMS Pickle) bringing the news home. The people of Penzance went up to the church to […]

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Presidential address to Truro Diocesan Synod, September 2019

Luke 8:43-48. “Now there was a woman who had been suffering from haemorrhages for twelve years; and though she had spent all she had on physicians, no one could cure her. She came up behind him and touched the fringe of his clothes, and immediately her haemorrhage stopped. Then Jesus asked, ‘Who touched me?’ When all denied it, […]

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The Spirit of One and All

I recently sat in a room at a meeting of the Cornwall Faith Forum. Alongside Roman Catholics, Quakers and Methodists there were representatives of the Muslim, Jewish and Hindu communities. We had an interesting conversation about the teaching of RE and the development of Cornwall’s distinctive syllabus, and we updated each other about upcoming events. […]

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It’s about service, not just services…

Over my first few months as Bishop of Truro, I’ve spent many a weekday travelling around the diocese, deanery by deanery, from Penwith to Rame Head to Morwenstow, getting to know my new ‘patch’ and its people. It’s been fascinating. But I’ve been particularly struck by the significance of doing that on a weekday. Let […]

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Addressing our diocesan synod

I want you to know I feel a great sense of privilege in making this my first Presidential Address to you, our Diocesan Synod. It is a huge privilege to be Bishop of Truro, and to be called to love and serve this wonderful land of Cornwall, in the power of the Holy Spirit and […]

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Our failure to act is costing the Earth

Parts of my maiden speech to General Synod have been reported in the media, so I thought some people might like to read the whole thing. Certainly, I was pleased to speak on a topic that has been important to me for a long time now – and that was also the subject of work […]

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