Bishop Paul questions Government on its response to refugee report

The Rt Revd Paul Butler, Bishop of Durham asked the Government for its response to the All-Party Parliamentary Group report on Refugees in a short question in the House of Lords on Wednesday 19th July 2017. Rising at 7.45pm, Bishop Paul introduced the short debate saying: "My Lords, I am pleased...

Bishop Paul speaks in the HoL on the Queen’s Speech

The Rt Revd Paul Butler, Bishop of Durham has spoken today Monday 26th June in the debate on the Gracious Speech (Queens speech at the opening of Parliament). Bishop Paul began speaking at: 16:14:57 A transcript of his draft address is given below. The precise speech as delivered in the House...

Sermon from the Mothers Union Commissioning 2017

MOTHERS UNION COMMISSIONING Durham Cathedral Sunday June 11th 2017  INTRODUCTION 4 million members in 83 countries makes the Mothers Union one of the largest Christian voluntary organisations in the world. Here in Durham there are 72 branches across the diocese with around 1,700 members. Yet it all began with the vision of...

2017 Prayer Walks A Resounding Success

The Bishop of Durham has completed his 2017 round of Prayer Walks. He began on Ascension Day (May 25th) walking in Gateshead for three days and then last week 3 days in Hartlepool ending on Pentecost Sunday (June 4th).  The walks featured an opportunity for the Bishop to meet people...

2017 Prayer Walks Are Go

The Bishop of Durham has embarked on the 2017 round of Prayer Walks today, Ascension Day. The prayer walks - started in Gateshead at Dunston Staiths before going along the Tyne to the Sage after a short visit to the Gateshead Heritage Centre. The Walk progress on to the Millennium...

Bishop Paul to embark on third wave of Prayer Walks

The Right Revd Paul Butler, Bishop of Durham is to about to embark on the third set of prayer walks round his Diocese, aimed at allowing him to meet people, get to know the area and pray for it and its people. Bishop Paul will take part in two further...

BISHOP OF DURHAM STATEMENT ON MANCHESTER ARENA ATTACK

The Rt Revd Paul Butler, Bishop of Durham has issued the following statement in response to the events in Manchester last night. He said: "The events in Manchester last night are a wanton attack on innocent and vulnerable people. “My thoughts and prayers are with all those affected and particularly for...

Presidential Address Focuses on Valuing Every Person

The Rt Revd Paul Butler, Bishop of Durham gave his presidential address to the Synod of the Diocese of Durham on Saturday 20th May 2017 where he spoke at length on 'Valuing Every Person'. Framed within a contemporary but thought provoking theological context, Bishop Paul touched on areas including: General...

Bishop of Durham to host a community sponsorship evening

The Rt Revd Paul Butler, Bishop of Durham is to host refugee welcome event in Gateshead on 18th May 2017. Community sponsorship provides a safe and legal route for refugees to resettle and integrate successfully in a new community.  It equips local communities to play a vital role in resettling...

Priest in Charge of Croxdale, Tudhoe and Merrington

These parishes have been cared for faithfully. Good things are going on. They are part of a group in which working together has increasing significance.  We need a priest committed to working with colleagues seeking to develop relationships between the churches in the group. There are training tasks to...