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Results of General Synod By-Election

Please find attached result information in respect of the General Synod by-election count that was executed to identify a new proctor in convocation to fill the gap left by the resignation of the Reverend Dr Miranda Threlfall-Holmes GENERAL SYNOD BY-ELECTION CLERGY ACTUAL COUNT 27 7 17 RESULTS


Responding to the Government announcement that church buildings will be able to reopen for public worship from 4th July, providing physical distancing remains in place, The Rt Revd Paul Butler, Bishop of Durham said:  “I welcome the announcement that permission for public worship in our church buildings has been agreed...

Publication of pilot audits on safeguarding arrangements

The Church of England has today (Thursday 14th January) published the outcomes of four pilot independent audits into safeguarding arrangements.The Diocese of Durham was one of the four dioceses across the Church of England that took part in the ‘Independent Audit of Diocesan Safeguarding Arrangements’ in September of 2015....

New Safeguarding documents issued

The Church of England has issued several new safeguarding related documents since December 2016. These can be downloaded here:  Full details of these documents can be found here: For full details please visit this link. A Safeguarding Update Bulletin will be circulated soon.

Networking Matters

One the joys of the Diocese of Durham is the richness of its diversity. Some churches find great value in connecting with a particular network, enabling them to be part of something beyond themselves and to receive fresh insight from outside their immediate situation. The mission and ministry support team...

National Church – Safeguarding Notices

John Smythe Case - April 2017 To read the update and associated information please follow the link:

General Synod By-election – Durham – One Proctor in Convocation

We are pleased to announce that The Ven Robert (Bob) Cooper, has been elected to serve as a clergy representative (formally known as a “proctor in convocation”) for the Diocese of Durham on the General Synod. We look forward to Bob joining our other General Synod members to represent...

Durham Priest to be next Bishop of Doncaster

The next Bishop of Doncaster designate will be the Revd Canon Sophie Jelley Downing Street has announced today. Sophie is currently the Director of Mission, Discipleship and Ministry in the Diocese of Durham, and Canon Missioner at Durham Cathedral, a role she has held for four years. The role of...

Diocese Undertakes Past Cases Review (PCR2)

Current work on the PCR2 Review has been suspended in light of the COVID-19 crisis. The situation will be reviewed on the 25th June and will be updated thereafter.     The past cases review (PCR) conducted  in 2007 - 2009, was a large-scale review of the handling by the Church of...