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  • "Poliics is part of ev eryone life,and if a member of the clergy thinks something is wrong,especially when the chuch has to pick up the pieces ,as in helping run food banks they have a right to make their feelings known.Yes the living wage is to low,before some employers were paying rock bottom wages now they pay the mimmum they can get away with,hence low-paid workers using food banks.When disabled people,who's living costs are often higher because their health needs force them to keep their heating on when others are economising,and extra transport costs are high because of a lack of mobility They are having their benefits cut to that of a single able-bodied claimant,and a lot they are getting their housing b enefit cut because of the so called "bedroom tax",they cannot afford to live,and i'm afraid I don't care what you think,you are wrong,and the chuch,and all fair-minded people are right -end of."
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New Bishop of Durham challenges church to 'expect growth' at Durham Cathedral enthronement

Bishop Paul Butler

Bishop Paul Butler

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The Northern Echo: Photograph of the Author by , Reporter (Durham)

THE new Bishop of Durham challenged the church to leave behind a mindset of decline or maintaining the status quo and expect growth as he was enthroned this morning.

The Right Reverend Paul Butler told a packed Durham Cathedral: “We need to look to God to keep His promises that when the seed of the Kingdom is scattered, it will grow.”

Re-stating his three priorities of tackling poverty, engaging with children and young people and growing the church, he urged his audience not to “underestimate the small”, whether that meant a child, a project or a congregation.

Growth would not always mean more numbers in church, he said, but added: “Although it’s more likely when we engage with communities than when we try to be a holy club.”

Earlier, Bishop Butler had processed to the Cathedral from nearby Durham Castle, before, following tradition, knocking on the north door with a staff to request entry.

In a two-hour service which mixed centuries-old tradition and modern songs, the former Bishop of Southwell and Nottingham made a series of promises, was enthroned in his bishop’s seat and was presented with the Bishop of Durham’s pastoral staff.

Next week, he will hold three prayer days in the Durham Diocese’s three archdeaconries: Durham, Auckland and Sunderland.

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