A Scripture-formed Communion? Possibilities and Prospects after Lambeth, ACC, and General Convention

Nicholas Thomas Wright The question of the authority, use and relevance of Scripture in today’s Anglican Communion needs to be addressed more thoroughly. All authority is God’s authority, and the question of Scripture’s authority needs to be reframed in that light: God is not merely providing information and instruction, but taking forward his Kingdom-project, and […]

The Fourfold Amor Dei and the Word of God

intervention by the Rt Revd N. T. Wright, Bishop of Durham (Church of England) Synod of Bishops, 14 October 2008 Your Holiness; your Eminences and Excellences; brothers and sisters in Christ: It is an honour and privilege to be here, and to bring you greetings from the Archbishop of Canterbury. We face the same challenges […]

Moral Climate Change and Freedom of Speech

speech in the House of Lords, February 9 2006 by the Bishop of Durham, Dr N. T. Wright My Lords, I am grateful to the noble Lady, Baroness Knight, for the opportunity offered by this debate to address some issues that have become urgent in our national life. It would be a mistake, my Lords, […]

Faith in Further Education?

Comments on the draft bill before the House of Lords, December 13 2006 by the Bishop of Durham, Dr N. T. Wright The Lord Bishop of Durham: My Lords, there are, as we have heard, several potentially controversial aspects of this Bill, to put it mildly, but I will focus mainly on an important lacuna. […]

Economy and Business: debate on the Queen’s Speech

Monday December 8 2008 Speech by the Bishop of Durham, Dr N. T. Wright My Lords, like I suspect many of us in this House I was delighted but not surprised to see that the Gracious Speech started with a clear stress on the stability of the British economy during the current global economic downturn. […]

Diocese of Durham: Diocesan Synod, May 21 2010

Presidential Address: The Bishop of Durham, the Rt Revd N. T. Wright, DD Some of you, older synodical hands than I, have seen bishops come and go over a long period, and no doubt you tick them off one by one in your mind, perhaps even carving another notch on the end of the pew. […]

The Bishop’s Ministry at Auckland Castle

Meeting of Church Commissioners and Auckland Castle Trustees, Directors and Supporters Auckland Castle, July 13 2005 Briefing paper from the Bishop of Durham Introduction In his briefing paper, the Secretary to the Commissioners has highlighted as the principal question before us: ‘how do the retention of the [Zurbarán] paintings, and the Bishop and his family […]


Reflections by the Bishop of Durham June 30 2008 I spent this last week in a great celebration of the love and power of God in the gospel of Jesus Christ. I confirmed many new believers. I installed a dynamic new rector in a key parish. I assisted in consecrating a wonderful man as the […]

Ad Clerum, December 2005

By the Bishop of Durham, the Rt. Rev. Dr. Tom Wright 12. xii. 05 Dear Friends Warm greetings to you all on a chilly December day. I have been sparing with the Ad Clerum genre over the last two years, but I think it’s time to start making amends. And there is a pressing matter […]

Shipwreck and Kingdom: Acts and the Anglican Communion

Closing address to the meeting of the Anglican Consultative Council When I heard that you had been studying Acts in your time together, my mind went, for some reason, to acronyms. I imagined myself coming to address the Anglican Communion Theological Society, or perhaps the Anglican Council for Tea and Sympathy, which goodness knows you […]