Bishop Christopher entered the House of Lords in January 2012 as one of 24 Bishops and 2 Archbishops of the Church of England who sit in the Lords. They are known as the Lords Spiritual who, together with the Lords Temporal, make up the House of Lords, the Second Chamber of the UK Parliament, who shape draft laws and challenge the work of the Government. The Lords Spiritual provide an independent voice and spiritual insight into the work of the Upper House.
Bishop Christopher is designated for about two weeks a year to lead prayers at the start of each day and to participate in the business of the House as the ‘Duty Bishop’. For the rest of the year, he seeks to attend the House when the business of the day relates to his areas of interest or, more generally, concerns matters of ethical or spiritual significance.
Although, like other members of House, Bishops do not represent particular geographical areas, they do come to the House with a deep immersion in the regions of the country covered by their own Dioceses. So Bishop Christopher has a keen interest in issues that affect the lives of the people of Coventry and Warwickshire and, indeed, across the whole of the West Midlands. In addition, he focuses his activity in the Lords on three main areas: foreign affairs, education and the beginning and end of life issues.
Bishop Christopher’s focus on foreign affairs is inspired by Coventry’s ministry of reconciliation and he is a member of the All-Party Parliamentary Groups on Conflict Issues, International Religious Freedom and Germany. His interest in education stems from his professional background as a secondary school teacher and his experience of Higher Education through his work in theological education, latterly as Principal of Ridley Hall, Cambridge. His involvement in beginning and end of life issues derives from fundamental Christian convictions about the infinite value of human life.
Please click here to read an article by Bishop Christopher in the House magazine (a weekly magazine relating to the work of the Houses of Parliament, its MPs and Peers) which explains why the Coventry story is so important to his work in the Lords.
To read Bishop Christopher’s contributions in the House of Lords please click here or visit http://lordsspiritual.wordpress.com/about-the-lords-spiritual/bishop-of-coventry/.
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