Bishop Philip's Blog

Presidential Address: Diocesan Synod May 28, 2022

Bishop Philip Mounstephen Friends, I want to say to you today without equivocation or apology that what we are trying to do in the Diocese of Truro at the moment […]

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Christmas Day Sermon 2021

Christmas 1981, 40 years ago this year, was a sobering and sad time in Cornwall. Beneath the tinsel and glitter there was real sadness. Just six days before, the Penlee […]

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When was the last time you prayed?

Depending on how old you are the answer might be different. Our normal expectation is that the older you are the more likely you are to pray. That sense can […]

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September Synod’s Presidential Address: We are at a crossroads

I want to let you into a secret at the very start of this new Synod: unequivocally and unapologetically I believe in God! Jesus Christ is risen from the dead, […]

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It all started at General Synod….

It all started when I was called to speak in a housing debate at the Church of England’s General Synod. I wasn’t expecting to be called, but I took the […]

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G7 outcomes….

So what did you make of the G7 meeting here in Cornwall? I joined a residents’ Facebook page in the run up to the event and I’m well aware that […]

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Sorry seems to be the hardest word

‘Sorry seems to be the hardest word.’ So sang Sir Elton John many years ago. And I think he’s right. Saying sorry doesn’t always come easily to us. There’s a […]

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Easter 2021: Acts 10: 34 – 43; John 20: 1 – 18

Let’s be clear, first of all, what didn’t happen that first Easter Day. Jesus was not resuscitated. He wasn’t brought back to life to carry on as he had been […]

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How was Christmas for me?

That’s the question I was asked to answer for a piece in the Saltash Team Ministry Newsletter. And if there’s one word I would choose to describe it, that word […]

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February’s pause for thought…

Here’s a fun fact for you – well I think it’s quite fun anyway! If you go to the Book of Common Prayer, the Church of England’s old prayer book […]

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