Easter Morning 1-4-2018 Durham Cathedral John 20.1-18 INTRODUCTION That Jesus was risen took a while for the first disciples to grasp. This of course should not surprise us. Would we even have had the bravery of Mary Magdalene, Mary the mother of James and Salome in going to the tomb in the...

Bishop of Durham talks about fullness of life in Easter message

Bishop Paul has released two Easter Messages this year the first, to the Diocese talks of Fullness of Life. The Second two the wider region links fullness of life to our priority on poverty and social justice.  Video message to the Diocese Easter 2018 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OqUbPOX6zrc Video message to the Region Easter 2018 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lQN00NKRVoM The Rt Revd...

Bishop of Durham views Red Hall’s multi-million pound regeneration

The Rt Revd Paul Butler, Bishop of Durham, received a warm welcome from local youngsters and residents during a tour of Red Hall in Darlington. The visit marked the completion of the initial construction phase of a multi-million pound regeneration of Red Hall and included a tour of Red Hall...

ON LEAVING LESOTHO

We are a world awash with smartphones. Here in the midst of much poverty smartphones are everywhere, most notably amongst the young. Alongside the banks it is the phone shops that look the smartest and appear the most frequented. Even out in the remote villages smartphones are to be...

Bishop of Durham Welcomes New Scheme Encouraging Pupils to Tackle Global Injustice

Press release issued by Christian Aid (NE), Monday 29th January 2018.  The Rt Revd Paul Butler, Bishop of Durham has welcomed a new global justice scheme launched this January by Christian Aid in partnership with the Church of England which aims to empower a new generation of children to speak...

Lesotho Travels

Walking around the main streets at the centre of Lesotho’s capital city, Maseru, has reminded me of the importance of second visits. My first visit to this Mountain Kingdom, landlocked entirely by South Africa, was in the autumn of 2015. I travelled with Rosemary and a group of around...

Bishop of Durham Christmas Sermon

CHRISTMAS SERMON 2017   INTRODUCTION I remember looking at our eldest, Caroline, just a few days after her birth. She lay in her Moses basket so perfect, and so content. She looked utterly and wonderfully peaceful. I was filled with wonder, joy, thankfulness and humility. I have no doubt that Mary and...

Bishop of Durham Christmas Message 2017

The sun was rising and the sky was aglow; frost covered the earth. It was glorious. It was so peaceful. The place? Travelling on the train down to London in the ‘Quiet’ coach, looking across to the silhouetted North York Moors. Peacefulness is something we all long for and love....

Bishop’s Presidential Address November 2017 – Mutual Flourishing

PRESIDENTIAL ADDRESS DIOCESAN SYNOD    Introduction In Rwanda and Burundi you will see coffee plants growing between banana trees on the hillsides because there is a mutually beneficial relationship between the 2 plants. Each flourishes better because of the presence of the other. Each is more fruitful because of the other. In the...

Bishop Paul talks on domestic violence

Domestic Violence Speech: Tackling Domestic Violence and Abuse in Faith Communities, 23rd November, Kahrmel Wellness That one in three women worldwide have experienced some form of gender-based violence, and 1 in 4 women in the UK is affected by Domestic Violence and Abuse, is unacceptable. That 1 in...