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by Michael Ford last modified 03 Sep, 2018 01:17 PM

See below for the latest from the Bishop of Salisbury.

31 July 2018
Bishop Nicholas preached at the funeral of Fr John Townroe in Warminster. Read here.

Updated Listing 1 July 2018
The Revd Richard Carter preached on the Bishop's behalf at the Ordination of Deacons. Read here.

Updated Listing 30 June 2018
The Revd Richard Carter preached on the Bishop's behalf at the Ordination of Priests. Read here.

26 June 2018
Bishop Nicholas preached at a special Choral Evensong in St Paul’s Cathedral celebrating the 200th anniversary of the Incorporated Church Building Society and the continuing work of the National Churches Trust. Read here.

21 June 2018
Bishop Nicholas gave the presidential address at a the final meeting of the current triennium for Diocesan Synod. Read here.

9 June 2018
Bishop Nicholas preached at a service of Celebration of the work of Salisbury District Hospital and the 70th Anniversary of the National Health Service. Read here.

15 April 2018
Bishop Nicholas preached at a service of Celebration of the Community Life of the City of Salisbury at St Thomas’s in the city following the poisoning of Sergei and Yulia Skripal. Read here

1 April 2018
Bishop Nicholas preached at the Easter Day Choral Eucharist in Salisbury Cathedral. Read here

29 March 2018
Bishop Nicholas gave the sermon at the annual Maundy Thursday Chrism Mass in Salisbury Cathedral. Read here.

11 March 2018
Bishop Nicholas preached at the annual Rule of Law service in Salisbury Cathedral. Read here.

17 February 2018
Bishop Nicholas gave the Presidential Address at a meeting of Diocesan Synod in Corfe Mullen. Read here.

29 January 2018
Bishop Nicholas spoke in the House of Lords on the government’s 25-year plan on the environment, welcoming it as a significant change of mindset but also calling for more work to translate ambition into action. Read here.

31 December 2017
Bishop Nicholas gave the New Year Message on BBC Radio Wiltshire. Read here.

25 December 2017
Bishop Nicholas preached at the Christmas Morning Eucharist at Salisbury Cathedral. Read here.

18 November 2017
Bishop Nicholas gave the Presidential Address at a meeting of Diocesan Synod in Salisbury. Read here.

26 October 2017
Bishop Nicholas spoke in a House of Lords Debate on intergenerational fairness. Read here.

15 July 2017
Bishop Nicholas preached at the consecration of June Osborne as 72nd Bishop of Llandaff in Brecon Cathedral. Read here.

8 June 2017
A coalition of faith leaders, led by Bishop Nicholas, has signed a letter in The Times expressing ‘profound dismay’ over President Trump’s decision to withdraw from the Paris climate agreement. Read more here.

1 June 2017
Bishop Nicholas, as the Church of England’s lead bishop on the environment, has condemned President Trump’s decision to revoke the United States’ ratification of the Paris Agreement on climate change, which has been signed by 194 other countries. Read more here.

27 May 2017
Bishop Nicholas sent Ramadan greetings to Muslim communities in the Diocese, also calling for Muslims to extend their Iftar hospitality as widely as possible, and for Christians to accept such hospitality and reach out in friendship to their Muslim neighbours.

23 May 2017
Bishop Nicholas issued a joint statement with leaders of the Muslim community in Salisbury after the terrorist attack at the Manchester Arena.

19 April 2017
Bishop Nicholas paid tribute to the retired Bishop of Gloucester, the Rt Revd Michael Perham, who died after an illness.

13 April 2017
Bishop Nicholas preached at the annual Maundy Thursday Chrism Eucharist service at Salisbury Cathedral. Read his sermon here.

9 April 2017
Bishop Nicholas preached at the JustWater service at St Paul's Cathedral, London, which took place on the same day as similar services at Anglican Churches in Cape Town and New York. Read here.

4 March 2017
Bishop Nicholas gave the Presidential Address at Diocesan Synod - read here.

28 February 2017
Bishop Nicholas wrote an ad clerum letter to his clergy to begin Lent - read here.

6 January 2017
Bishop Nicholas had an article published in the Church of England Newspaper, reviewing progress on climate change policy during the previous year - read here.

18 November 2016
Bishop Nicholas had a letter published in the Church Times in response to the GAFCON statement of 13 November - read here.

12 November 2016
Bishop Nicholas gave the Presidential address to Diocesan Synod - read here.

30 October 2016
Bishop Nicholas wrote to Hindu communities in the Diocese sending his greetings on Diwali/Deepawali, the Festival of Light - read here.

16 September 2016
Bishop Nicholas wrote an opinion piece in the Church of England Newspaper on climate change - read here.

10 September 2016
Bishop Nicholas wrote to Muslim communities in the Diocese sending his greetings on Eid ul Adha, the Festival of Sacrifice - read here.

19 August 2016
Bishop Nicholas wrote an opinion piece in the Church of England Newspaper on Brexit and UK climate change policy - read here.

27 July 2016
Bishop Nicholas wrote to all clergy and churchwardens in the Diocese after the murder of Fr Jacque Hamel while celebrating Mass in Rouen - read here.

1 July 2016
Bishop Nicholas preached at a special service of solemn commemorate of the 100th anniversary of the Battle of the Somme at Ebbesbourne Wake - read here.

27 June 2016
Bishop Nicholas wrote to clergy, lay ministers and lay officers across the Diocese following the Referendum result - read here.

16 June 2016
Bishop Nicholas gave the Presidential Address at Diocesan Synod - read here.

16 April 2016
Bishop Nicholas preached at a service in Salisbury Cathedral celebrating 140 years of the Mothers’ Union - read here.

27 March 2016
Bishop Nicholas preached at the Easter Day Sung Eucharist at Salisbury Cathedral - read here.

24 March 2016
Bishop Nicholas preached at the annual Maundy Thursday Chrism Eucharist - read here.

13 February 2016
Bishop Nicholas delivered his Presidential Address to Diocean Synod - read here.

1 January 2016
Bishop Nicholas delivered a New Year's message on BBC Radio Wilts - read here.

25 December 2015
Bishop Nicholas preached the sermon at the Christmas morning Sung Eucharist at Salisbury Cathedral - read here.

17 December 2015
Bishop Nicholas penned some Christmas thoughts for the Salisbury Journal - read here.

16 December 2015
Bishop Nicholas reflected on the UN climate change conference, COP21, for the St Paul's Institute. These can be read here.

24 November 2015
Bishop Nicholas gave a lecture at the College des Bernardins in Paris, "Man and Nature in the Image of God". This can be read here.

13 November 2015
Bishop Nicholas was interviewed by Responsible Investor magazine.

13 July 2015
Bishop Nicholas proposed a motion at Church of England General Synod calling for action on climate change. The speech is here and the motion was carried.

17 June 2015
Bishop Nicholas preached at the opening service at the "for the love of" lobby of Parliament on climate change and also launched the Lambeth Declaration. (sign here)

14 June 2015
Bishop Nicholas preached at the Festival Eucharist in Salisbury Cathedral for Magna Carta's 800th anniversary.

2 June 2015
Bishop Nicholas made his maiden speech in the House of Lords.

2 April 2015
Bishop Nicholas preached at the annual Chrism Mass in Salisbury Cathedral.

20 March 2015
Bishop Nicholas preached at the annual service of the United Guilds of the City of London.

27 February 2015
Bishop Nicholas had a piece published in the Church Times, arising from his meeting with other 'eco-bishops' in Cape Town.

21 February 2015
Bishop Nicholas gave his Presidential Address to Diocesan Synod at St Nicholas', Corfe Mullen.

He also gave a statement on the current status of the Salisbury-Sudans Partnership.

16 February 2015
Bishop Nicholas wrote commending the House of Bishops' pastoral letter on the 2015 General Election

8 February 2015
Bishop Nicholas preached the Oxford University Sermon at St Mary the Virgin.

24 December 2014
The Bishop spoke on BBC Radio Wiltshire and at Salisbury Cathedral.

15 November 2014
Bishop Nicholas gave his Presidential Address to Diocesan Synod at Amesbury Baptist Church.

4 October 2014
Bishop Nicholas presented awards at the Dorset Wildlife Trust's living churchyards project and gave the following address, relating to both local biodiversity and global environmental issues.

At the same event, he signed the Anglican Alliance's Oceans of Justice petition calling for climate change to be added to the G20 summit agenda, which generated this news story.

24 September 2014
Bishop Nicholas gave an address at the Opening of Year Service for Kings College London, where a new Principal was installed.

27 July 2014
Bishop Nicholas preached at Sherborne Abbey at a Solemn Commemoration for the centenary of the outbreak of the First World War.

17 May 2014
Bishop Nicholas preached at the Service of Thanksgiving and Rededication at the annual reunion of the Sarum St Michael Old Students' Association.

15 May 2014
Bishop Nicholas gave the Presidential Address at Diocesan Synod, meeting at St Paul's Church in Salisbury.

11 May 2014
Bishop Nicholas preached at the dedication of celebrated glass engraver Laurence Whistler's Forgiveness Window at St Nicholas' in Moreton.

18 April 2014
Bishop Nicholas gave addresses to lead meditations for Good Friday at Sherborne Abbey

17 April 2014
Bishop Nicholas preached at the Diocese's annual Maundy Thursday Chrism Mass at Salisbury Cathedral.

8 April 2014
Bishop Nicholas announced the death of the Revd Bob Thorn, Rector of the Bride Valley parishes.

28 March 2014
Bishop Nicholas released a statement congratulating same-sex couples about to get married and assuring them of his prayers.

27 March 2014
All three bishops in the Diocese led a pilgrimage and prayer walk through the Woodford Valley. Read a news story, including comments from Bishop Nicholas.

23 March 2014
Bishop Nicholas preached at the annual service for the rule of law at Salisbury Cathedral.

11 March 2014
Bishop Nicholas spoke at the Conference of the Association of Governing Bodies of Independent Schools in London.

26 February 2014
Bishop Nicholas asked the clergy and laity of the Diocese to note the Church of England House of Bishops pastoral guidance on same-sex marriage.

8 February 2014
Bishop Nicholas gave the Presidential Address at the meeting of Diocesan Synod in Corfe Mullen.

27 January 2014
Bishop Nicholas welcomed the planned facilitated discussions on human sexuality in the Church of England.

20 January 2014
Bishop Nicholas preached at the service of thanksgiving in Dorchester for the 20th anniversary of the Opening of the Joseph Weld Hospice and 30th Anniversary of the Establishment of the Community Specialist Palliative Care Nursing Service.

1 January 2014
Bishop Nicholas gave some New Year thoughts to BBC Radio Wiltshire.

25 December 2013
Bishop Nicholas preached the Christmas morning sermon at Salisbury Cathedral.

8 December 2013
Bishop Nicholas reflects on the life and meaning of Nelson Mandela, who he met on a number of occasions.

25 November 2013
Bishop Nicholas wore his white ribbon to support the International Day to End Violence Against Women and the First Man Standing campaign.

22 November 2013
Bishop Nicholas welcomed the first-stage vote in General Synod for a package of measures which will see women consecrated as bishops by 2015, and provision that allows the minority who dissent in conscience from this step to flourish.

14 November 2013
The Bishop praises church schools in the Diocese for providing a top quality education to children of all faiths and none.

9 November 2013
The Bishop addressed Diocesan Synod in Amesbury.
2013.11 Diocesan Synod- Presidential Address [18.4 kB]

23 October 2013
The Bishop congratulated Their Royal Highnesses the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge on the Baptism of HRH Prince George

22 October 2013
The Bishop spoke to the conference More than Food – Expressing Compassion, Expecting Justice, organised by the South West Churches Regional Forum. Here is the speech in HTML format.

21 October 2013
The Bishop paid a supporting visit to South Wiltshire Credit Union in Salisbury's Bemerton Heath area. A gallery of pictures from the visit is available on Facebook.

18 September 2013
The Bishop visited and blessed the renamed Bishop Aldhelm Primary School in Poole. 

24 July 2013
The Bishop called for prayers for South Sudan at a time of political instability.

16 July 2013
The Bishop gave the keynote address at the Church of England Liturgical Commission's conference, Worship Transforming Communities.
Worship Transforming Communities 16th July 2013.pdf — [305 kB]

26 June 2013
The Bishop applauds the 40th anniversary celebrations of the link between the Diocese and the Episcopal Church in Sudan.

13 June 2013
The Bishop gave a presentation on 'Let Us Talk' at Diocesan Synod in Salisbury
2013.06 Synod Resources- Let Us Talk Responses [3.9 MB]

13 June 2013
The Bishop Addressed Diocesan Synod in Salisbury
Synod 2013.06 Presidential Address [13.0 kB]

30 May 2013
The Bishop wrote a letter in reply to Lord Alli of Norbury, who requested that Bishop Holtam clarify his position on the issue of same-sex marriage as a member of the House of Bishops for members of the Upper House
Letter to Lord Alli [75.6 kB]

17 May 2013
The Bishop preached at a Service of Thanksgiving in Southwark Cathedral for those who have donated their bodies for Medical Education, Training and Research
Southwark Cathedral 17 May 2013 [13.6 kB]

15 May 2013
The Bishop preached at Brownsea Island's 50th Anniversary
Brownsea Island 50th Anniversary 15 May 2013 [43.4 kB]

30 April 2013
The Bishop gave the Golden Lecture for the Haberdashers’ Livery Company at St Bartholomew the Less, Smithfield
Golden Lecture April 2013 [362.3 kB]

31 March 2013
The Bishop preached the Easter Day sermon at Salisbury Cathedral
Easter Day 2013 [40.7 kB]

28 March 2013
The Bishop preached the Chrism Mass at Salisbury Cathedral
Chrism Mass Maundy Thursday 28 Mar 2013 [44.8 kB]

23-29 March 2013
The Bishop broadcast Prayer for the Day on BBC Radio 4 at 05.43 during Holy Week. Scripts for each day are below
Saturday 23 March
BBC R4 Holy Week 23 Mar 2013 [8.7 kB]
Monday 25 March
BBC R4 Holy Week 25 Mar 2013 [8.4 kB]
Tuesday 26 March
BBC R4 Holy Week 26 Mar 2013 [8.8 kB]
Wednesday 27 March
BBC R4 Holy Week 27 Mar 2013 [8.0 kB]
Thursday 28 March
BBC R4 Holy Week 28 Mar 2013 [8.0 kB]
Friday 29 March
BBC R4 Holy Week 29 Mar 2013 [8.6 kB]

Saturday 9 March 2013
The Bishop preached during the Mothers' Union gathering at Salisbury Cathedral
Mothers Union 9 March 2013 [18.8 kB]

Friday 1 March 2013
The Bishop's Thought for the Month- Tackling Poverty Together
2013.03 Thought for the Month +N [9.5 kB]

Saturday 16 February 2013
The Bishop had an article published in the Times.
Repair the Church and put heart into the people Feb 2013 [120.0 kB]

Saturday 9 February 2013
The Bishop gave a Presidential Address to Diocesan Synod
Synod 2013.02 Presidential Address [17.1 kB]

Monday 24 December 2012
The Bishop preached during Midnight Mass at Salisbury Cathedral
Midnight Mass 24 Dec 2012 [42.7 kB]

Thursday 6 December 2012
The Bishop sent out a second circular in light of the vote on women bishops legislation at General Synod
Pastoral letter to clergy & parishes 6 Dec 12 [234.3 kB]

Friday 23 November 2012
The Bishop sent out a circular in light of the vote on women bishops legislation at General Synod
General Synod 2012.11 Bishops statement on women bishops legislation [308.7 kB]

Saturday 3 November 2012
The Bishop gave a Presidential Address to Diocesan Synod
Synod 2012.11 Presidential Address [22.6 kB]

Saturday 6 October 2012
The Bishop preached at Licensing for Lay Ministers, Salisbruy Cathedral
Admission and Licensing of LLMs 6 Oct 2012 [46.7 kB]

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Sunday 15 July 2012
The Bishop preached the Tolpuddle Sermon 2012
Click here for the text

Thursday 28 June 2012
The Bishop gave a short homily at a Street Pastors' Meeting
Click here for the text

Tuesday 19 June 2012
The Bishop addressed Diocesan Synod
Synod 2012.06 Presidential Address [16.2 kB]

Friday 1 June 2012
The Bishop preached at the Diamond Jubilee Service in Salisbury Cathedral. Click here for the text.
Cathedral Jubilee Service [5.9 MB]

10, 15, 28 and 30 May 2012
The Bishop spoke to Churchwardens at Wimborne Minster, Salisbury Cathedral, Sherborne Abbey and St John Devizes respectively.
Bishop's Charge to Churchwardens 2012 [10.2 kB]

Saturday 28 April
Click here for notes from the Bishop's Address to Lay Pastoral Assistants at Salisbury Cathedral

Sunday 22 April
The Bishop spoke to BBC Wiltshire about the current situation in Sudan.
Sudan BBC Wiltshire 22 April 2012 [3.1 MB]

Sunday 22 April
The Bishop spoke to BBC Wiltshire about the current situation in Sudan.
Sudan BBC Wiltshire 22 April 2012 [3.1 MB]

Saturday 21 April 2012
The Bishop spoke at the Cutting Edge Consortium. Click here for the text

Easter Sunday - 8 April 2012
The Bishop gives his Easter Message, broadcast on BBC Radio Wiltshire on Easter morning. His message may be read by following the link.

 Bishop Nicholas Easter message on BBC Wilts 8 Apr 12.

Thursday 5 April 2012
The Bishop gives the sermon at the Maundy Thursday service in Salisbury Cathedral. The text of the sermon may be seen: follow the link. 
 Bishop Nicholas Maundy Thursday interview with BBC Wiltshire 5 Apr 12.

Sunday 25 March 2012
The Bishop gives his thoughts on prayer as part of a special series of programmes on BBC Wiltshire. The BBC is focussing on Cathedrals across the UK as part of a project called The People's Passion. On Sunday 25th March, the series began on BBC Wiltshire with Soul & Inspiration looking at prayer. Bishop Nicholas talked about the importance of taking time out to pray on every occasion and also about why he spent so much time praying as he entered Salisbury Cathedral on the day of his enthronement last October.
Bishop talks about prayer BBC Wilts 25 Mar 12.mp3 — MP3 audio, 6340Kb

Sunday 18 March 2012
Interview with BBC Wiltshire after the Archbishop of Canterbury announced his resignation Bishop Nicholas Archbishop 18 Mar 12 BBC Wilts.mp3 — MP3 audio, 6607Kb

Sunday 11 March 2012
The Bishop speaks to BBC Wiltshire about the diocesan link with the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Latvia prior to his first visit
Bishop of Salisbury LATVIA 11 Mar 12.mp3 — MP3 audio, 5087Kb

Sunday 11 March 2012
The Bishop speaks to BBC Wiltshire about the exciting new art exhibition at St James' Church Trowbridge
Art Exhibition BBC Wiltshire 11 Mar 12.mp3 — MP3 audio, 6421Kb

Thursday 8 March 2012
The Bishop speaks to BBC Wiltshire following the blessing of an extension to Westbury CE Junior School
Westbury School PKG 8 Mar 12.mp3 — MP3 audio, 5278Kb

Sunday 4 March 2012
The Bishop and the chaplains of Erlestoke prison speak with BBC Wiltshire following his licensing of them
Erlestoke LONGER version 4 Mar 12.mp3 — MP3 audio, 3832Kb

Saturday 3 March 2012
Bishop Nicholas Holtam speaking on BBC Wiltshire following the annual Alabare sleep out
Homeless Bishop PREREC 3 Mar 12.mp3 — MP3 audio, 6249Kb

Saturday 18 February 2012
Presidential Address at Diocesan Synod
Click here for the transcript

Wednesday 15 February 2012
Bishop Nicholas Holtam speaks to BBC Wiltshire following the blessing of the foundations of the new DEC in Wilton
BBC Wiltshire Diocesan Centre.mp3 — MP3 audio, 5035Kb

Sunday 5 February 2012 
Bishop Nicholas Holtam and Bishop Pete Broadbent debate gay marriage on Radio 4's 'Sunday' programme 
Radio 4 - Bishop debate 5 Feb 12.mp3 — MP3 audio, 14201Kb

Sunday 5 February 2012
The Bishop of Salisbury speaks to BBC Wiltshire about his interview in The Times of 3 February 2012
BBC Wiltshire gay marriage.mp3 — MP3 audio, 5803Kb

Sunday 5 February 2012
The Bishop speaks on BBC Wiltshire prior to General Synod's debate on the proposed legislation for women bishops
BBC Wiltshire Women Bishops.mp3 — MP3 audio, 4844Kb

Sunday 1 January 2012
The Bishop calls for prayers for the Sudan in the wake of renewed ethnic violence
Bishop of Salisbury 1st Jan 2012.mp3 — MP3 audio, 6022Kb

Sunday 25 December 2011
Christmas Day sermon at Salisbury Cathedral
Click here for the transcript. Christmas message broadcast on BBC Wiltshire
CHRISTMAS DAY BISHOP MSG .mp3 — MP3 audio, 5088Kb

Saturday 15 October 2011
Enthronement sermon at Salisbury Cathedral
Click here for the transcript. Click here for the service sheet.
The Bishop speaking to BBC Wiltshire:
New Bishop BBC Wiltshire 2.mp3 — MP3 audio, 5785Kb

Bishop Nicholas wrote to Muslim communities in the Diocese sending his greetings on Eid ul Adha, the Festival of Sacrifice - read here.

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