The Church of England faces great challenges but it is also a time of opportunity.
Statement from the Rt Revd Mike Hill, Bishop of Bristol, in response to the latest developments in the tragic Becky Watts investigation.
With Lent in view, this month Bishop Lee turns the spotlight on our vocation to discipleship.A year ago I heard Paula Gooder speak on the subject of discipleship.
She was both loved and valued by her ordained colleagues, but equally was loved by the people she served within and beyond the Church.
One of the phrases that comes up reasonably regularly in the bible is The Word of the Lord came to... followed by the name of a person.
The announcement earlier this week of the appointment of Rev'd Libby Lane as Bishop of Stockport is wonderful news for the Church of England and for our wider society.
She laid him in a manger because there was no guest room available for them. Luke 2:7 (NIV) I think this is my 38th Christmas as an ordained person!
It was very recently reported that cathedral congregations are on the up and that mid-week services have doubled in a decade.
On Monday I spoke at the annual Charter Day service in Bristol Cathedral to a gathering of young aspiring people.
The Bishop of Blackburn, Julian Henderson, a contemporary of mine at Ridley Hall, made the national news recently by seeking to define some reality for his diocese.
Anyone who was involved in any way with the visit of the Archbishop of Canterbury over the past weekend, cannot but help to have been encouraged and inspired by his energy.
Swindoncampaigners are taking part in Christian Aids nationwideHunger For Justice action this month as they urge local MPs to act against the injustice of climate change.
David Banfield started life in the south-west and his life ended there following a distinguished career in the Church of England in a variety of different contexts.
Bishop Lee will chair his first Diocesan Board of Education (DBE) meeting at the start of October, leading on the Dioceses work in schools and with young people in churches.
Bishop Mike asks if we apply the ways we learn best, to the ways we could seek to spread the Gospel message.
The Bishop of Swindon, the Rt Revd Dr Lee Rayfield successfully completed his epic bike ride from John O'Groats to Land's End.
At around 2pm Mike and I arrived at Land's End to a rapturous applause.
Today as I followed the signage from Bodmin to St Austell I recalled my father-in-law's words about 'Cornish miles'.
Today's central character unfortunately has no name but was our rescuer when the signposting, the map and the Garmin SatNav conspired to confuse.
This was a day of the musketeers! Some 70 miles of the total were ridden in a relay of fellow cyclists from across the Diocese, with wonderful contributions from the stars of the Malmesbury Abbey kitchen.
No time to post yesterday evening as it was a day of transition.
On Monday 14 July, the General Synod of the Church of England gave its final approval to legislation paving the way for women Bishops.
Sabbath post - arrived safely and in good time.
As the days go on, the Tour de Lee is beginning to resemble its more illustrious cousin in two interesting ways.
Today's narrative has to centre around Simon...On our journey we have seen a number of other cyclists coming in the opposite direction.
Having seen two bikes on the roof rack some of you may be wondering when Mike has had the chance to ride his. After all, acting as my 'Director Sportif', domestique and general factotum has been a full time occupation!
We have been well looked after by the staff in the Hotels and Guest Houses we have stayed in, with the breakfasts a key feature.
Three category 3 climbs, two category 4's and one category 5. This may all be meaningless to you but not to my legs!
Mike Palmer and I were boarded in Brora overnight so we had to travel an hour and half to the off at John O Groats.
As I write today we have just had our afternoon break in the lee of Ben Nevis. No time for a closer look, let alone climbing GBs highest mountain, as we are still 120 miles from our destination.
Having taken two hours yesterday to assemble and fit the roof bars and bike carriers, this morning Mike and I loaded the car and set off for the Grand Depart on Sunday.
From Friday 4 July, Bishop Lee will be straddling the saddle of his bike for the next fortnight as he begins a mammoth cycle ride from John O'Groats to Land's End.
With the Archbishop of Canterbury due to visit the Diocese of Bristol, Bishop Lee reminds us of Justin Welby's priorities and the opportunities his visit creates.
Becoming aware of my own mortality has proved to be a gift and caused me to perceive life through a more richly coloured lens; each day on earth has become more precious, and living it well more significant.
This Sunday the Bishop of Swindon, Rt Revd Lee Rayfield went over the edge to end poverty with Christian Aid as he took part in an abseil at St Sampson's Church in Cricklade.
Radio 4 this morning carried a story which strongly implied a culture of sexual harassment and bullying in the 'Westminster Village.'
On Maundy Thursday (17th April), Bishop Lee spoke at the Chrism Eucharist in Bristol Cathedral.
I heard recently about a genre of literature about which I had never heard before: non-factual history.
This month Bishop Lee shares more of his journey and invites us to step out in faith.
This month Bishop Lee focuses on education and Church of England schools: the opposition, the aspiration and the facts.
After a last dose of chemotherapy on Louise's birthday (11 December) I technically completed my fourth and final Course on Christmas Day.
As we begin a year committed to proclaiming the Good News, Bishop Mike explores what it means to live out our common calling as witnesses to the life of Christ and what might be stopping us.
In his address to Diocesan Synod on 7th December, Bishop Mike urged support for Foodbanks and spoke on measures to improve the operation of the Welfare System.
As we approach the festivities of Christmas, Bishop Lee reflects on holding together hope and warning in the coming of the Christ child.
Three in five people polled say that Christmas is mainly for children. Its a sad fact therefore that 36% of children between ages 5 and 7 dont know whose birthday were celebrating on 25 December.
This article is an addendum to Bishop Lee's letter on grief and loss found here. In the EHS Daily Office there were a number of reflections that stood out and to which I found myself frequently returning.
This month Bishop Lee shares how some telling questions have been enlarging his horizons and his soul.
Bishop Lee has appeared on ITV West talking on his experience fighting cancer.
Bishop Mike encourages us to build our confidence in sharing our faith.The only purpose of the Church is to go out to tell the world the good news about Jesus Christ.
I continue to be staggered and overwhelmed by the messages, cards and letters that are coming our way.
Normally we pencil in Monday and Tuesday in the week after chemotherapy as fragile days and avoid any diary commitments.
As I have mentioned elsewhere, chemotherapy has had a massive impact on my sleep patterns. Knowing this was on the cards Liz decamped to the spare room the evening I had my first dose.
I confess I wasn't looking forward to my first doses of chemotherapy but the session went very well.
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I am now 14 days into my first course of chemotherapy and it has been something of a roller-coaster.
Sitting on the balcony, most of the time I find it very easy to filter out the sounds of the motorway and the construction of the new housing.
I confess I wasnt looking forward to my first doses of chemotherapy but the session went very well.
On return from his holiday Bishop Lee received the news that he has Hodgkin Lymphoma, a cancer of the lymphatic system.
Rt Revd Dr Lee Rayfield, the Bishop of Swindon, has been diagnosed with Hodgkin Lymphoma, a cancer of the lymphatic system and will receive treatment in the months ahead.
Should the Church support liberal social and ethical reforms?
This month Bishop Lee reflects on the Church of England's understanding of what it means to be the local Church.
I was so grateful to everyone that came to the service on Saturday evening at Bristol Cathedral to mark the 10th anniversary of my time as Bishop of Bristol.
News coming in overnight is that the American administration now confirms, what we have had circumstantial evidence of for a while, that the Syrian Government has used chemical weapons on its own people.
In this months letter, Bishop Mike argues the way the world around us measures our value is actually devaluing and reminds us of where our true value comes from and lies.
Bishop Mike HillWe wish to express our deep condolences to the family of Drummer Lee Rigby.
Prayer draws us more closely into relationship with God, has an impact on the world and energises our Christian lives.
Bishop Ed Condry (Bishop of Ramsbury) and Bishop Lee Rayfield (Bishop of Swindon) cycled a gruelling 180 miles around Wiltshire in 2 days in April 2013, stopping off in 16 Christian Aid groups along the way.
This month Bishop Lee reminds us of the thousands of children who have little experience of a loving home and asks how the gospel can help us engage with such a challenge.
This past week in the media, I think following a press release from NICE, ( the National Institute of Clinical Excellence), the term conduct disorder has found its way into the public space.
Recently I have heard a number of preachers refer to those periods of Jewish history outlined in the Old Testament and referred to as exile.
I am delighted to hear of the election of Pope Francis I.
Reading in the Times sports pages in the light of England's Rugby Union victory over the French side I saw that on the wall of the England team's training camp was the simple slogan, 'England 365'.
Bishop Lee will cycle 172 milesin two days forChristian Aid on Friday 12 and Saturday 13 April.
Bishop Mike has issued the following statement following the announcement that Pope Benedict will retire at the end of February.
The House of Bishops met yesterday for a day dedicated to trying to unlock the impasse created by November's vote on women bishops.
Last day in Gulu. Tomorrow we are off to visit one of the legacies of the days of war in N. Uganda the huge displacement camp at Amuru.
I think it would be fair to say that many of us look across the Atlantic with a measure of disbelief when we think about their Constitution and their valued 2nd Amendment which hands citizens the right to bear arms.
Rt Revd Mike Hill has accepted the invitation of the Council of the Oxford theological college, Wycliffe Hall, to become its Chair.
In his message for Advent Bishop Lee highlights the challenge of the season for our discipleship. This is the time of the year I find most challenging to be a follower of Jesus.
This week has been the most difficult I think of my ordained life.
"We are going to need to do a lot of explaining." So said Archbishop Rowan as he helped Synod face up to the implications of Tuesday's vote.
Many of us are still reeling after yesterdays General Synod vote.
I was just approaching the turn off to Swindon when I heard that the measure to ordain women as bishops had been defeated.
Who would have thought it? Thursday's elections for the Police & Crime Commissioners have largely been written off as a 'shambles.'
The Bishops of Bristol and Swindon have wholeheartedly welcomed the announcement that Rt Revd Justin Welby will be the next Archbishop of Canterbury.Rt Revd Mike Hill, Bishop of Bristol, praised Bishop Justin's exceptional experience.
On November 2nd 1917, 95 years ago today, a piece of history was made which has had a profound impact on world politics ever since.
I have always admired those people who make a long-term commitment to living a healthy lifestyle.
In this months Bishops Letter, Bishop Mike asks how we can apply what we know we need to do in our physical lives to our spiritual lives.
The prospect of elected Police Commissioners is not one that fills me with enthusiasm.
I must say I have found it very difficult to understand those who call in on radio phone-ins to voice their displeasure at those who have come out and spoken of their abusive experiences in the Jimmy Savile scandal.
£17000. That was the cost the patient in the bed opposite me had been quoted if he wished to have gone private for his operation.
This month Bishop Lee reflects on the work of the Ethical Investment Advisory Group and the decision to sell shares in News Corporation.
Halfway through our Diocesan Strategy, our vision of a growing Church is becoming a reality. This month, parishes are being asked to increase their Parish Share giving to support that growth.
Bishop Mike joined Bristol's political leaders when they boarded the Tax Justice Bus on Monday 3rd September as it stopped in the city as part of a 53-day tour of the UK and Ireland.
In this months letter, Bishop Mike reflects on what our Olympic team might have to say to how we approach our church life.
This month Bishop Lee reflects on the significance of awe and wonder in our relationship with God and resisting being conformed by left brain ways of attending to the world.
In this month's Bishop's Letter, Bishop Mike asks who should be teaching children right from wrong, what they should be teaching, and what part people of faith have to play.
This month Bishop Lee describes how the Anglican Church in Peru has been growing and asks what we might learn from them here in the Diocese of Bristol.
This month Bishop Lee offers some reflections following his recent accident.Ash Wednesday seems a long time ago.
Bishop Mike and Bishop Lee have written to each parish in the Diocese reflecting on what has been achieved for the Kingdom of God in the last year.