Bishop Philip's Blog

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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Tesco, ergo sum: but not in the Kingdom of God

I find it hard to put into words just how I feel standing here today before you. Delighted: certainly; honoured: undoubtedly; humbled: indeed. But amongst a great range of emotions I would also want to say that I feel rather surprised. Ruth and I have an old friend who we first met here in Cornwall […]

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