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Bishop of Lincoln releases statement about the storm surge

By RCousins_LE  |  Posted: December 05, 2013

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The Right Reverend Christopher Lowson, the Bishop of Lincoln has published a statement tonight about the storm surge.

He said: “My thoughts and prayers are with everyone who is in danger because of the weather and the expected storm surge, and all those who have been evacuated from their homes.

“Many people are likely to spend the night in temporary accommodation - in village halls or leisure centres - and they will obviously be very anxious about their friends and neighbours, their homes and their possessions.

"Christian denominations around Lincolnshire, North Lincolnshire and North East Lincolnshire are supporting the emergency rest centres with specially-trained chaplains, and they will be available to talk to people who are afraid, disorientated or lonely.”

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  • groomy88  |  December 06 2013, 4:20PM

    In times of hardship, disaster or otherwise many people, believers or not seek comfort in the words of our Lord. It is that comfort that the Bishop is delivering here, not to judge nor to comment on the natural occurrences of the planet. The saying 'God works in mysterious ways' is ever more apparent in todays world but natural disasters have always occurred and will continue to occur - the reality is that the more mankind develops the more catastrophic the disasters are, because of the strain put upon the planet we live on. The debate of religion is as old as time, sure in the past history does dictate that the church was very wealthy however the church no longer taxes the land and you will actually find that most churches are in the majority self funded. I have the experience of being the son of a Church Treasurer and you would be astounded as to the costs to run a small church, with insurances, repairs, utilities etc then multiply that to at least the power of ten to run a cathedral - I dread to think of the costs. I am not trying to create an argument nor argue for the other side, what I want to say is that in a time such as now with the floods destroying peoples possessions, businesses and upsetting our way of life it is not a time to stand and argue religion, argue the wealth of the church but to seek comfort in the words that are shared and realise that its not for all but for many those words are the comfort that guides them through this disaster.

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  • Oldernwiser  |  December 06 2013, 3:39PM

    Bluemooner is right ....... one part of the congregation at Lincoln Cathedral is a major benefactor of the Nomad Trust. Churches and their congregations do much good, locally and wider afield, and not only through financial aid. As to whether anyone can truly imagine that there's any point praying to any god for intervention - when the same god permits (causes?) the hardships, disasters, bloodshed and mayhem we have in the world is a worthwhile question. And, like others contributing here, it seems, I know how it seems to me. I'm ceaselessly amused by athletes in the same event crossing themselves in the hope of god-assisted glory - even if s/he were to exist s/he can only give to one, when all is said and done. If this turns out to be final contribution you'll know I got it wrong!

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  • Lord_V  |  December 06 2013, 1:01PM

    Why do you think the Church has all these massive Cathedrals scattered across the globe, and that the Pope in Rome has sat on a golden chair where over the years people in the city starved? It's always been about taking far more than they give back.

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  • rascall271  |  December 06 2013, 9:55AM

    Blue_Mooner this may be so, but try asking for the accounts of the any church even the Church of England are never available for viewing, you only get what they want you to know about. and besides, doing local is good yes, but the income they get all year round they should reach out further and help others as many good will people of the UK do already, the interest alone on what they do have stashed, that I am aware of from previous claims by the church, would be at least treble that of what the government gave to the Philippines, I would have thought with so much in the way of dwindling figures they could use all the publicity they can. And yes I am a atheist, but I do believe people need to believe in something, and whatever gives them comfort without hurting others is for no one to judge them upon, as long as their happy.

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  • Blue_Mooner  |  December 06 2013, 9:08AM

    Rascall I think you'll find that the church does actually fund raise and send money to local homeless shelters and foodbanks on a regular basis, they just don't make a big song and dance about it for the publicity.

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  • Oldernwiser  |  December 05 2013, 11:30PM

    An Act of God according to insurers of old: God can always outperform the terrorists, it seems.

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  • rascall271  |  December 05 2013, 9:41PM

    SO HE RELEASED A STATEMENT SO WHAT, HE COULD HAVE RELEASED SOME MONEY TO HELP FEED THEM, AND HELP POORER FAMILIES, TAKE TAKE TAKE, ALL THE CHURCH EVER DOES DO YOU HEAR THEM SENDING FUNDS TO VICTIMS OF ANY DISASTER, NO ITS THE GOVERNMENT THAT DOES IT, SO SHUT UP GO GET YOUR FEET WET AND HELP PERSONALLY PLEASE

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  • Lord_V  |  December 05 2013, 9:31PM

    Too bad your prayers will do nothing, as God is undeniably omnipotent by your belief he's perfectly OK about all of this. Given that he's also cool with actual disasters like Typhoon Haiyan and events like the Holocaust happening that shouldn't come as a surprise, really.

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