most of Dorset, most of Wiltshire, four village parishes in
Hampshire and one in Devon.
seventh largest Diocese in the Church of England, covering 2000
Church schools and academies with 43,000 pupils
link dioceses: Episcopal Church in South Sudan and Sudan; Diocese
of Évreux (France, Roman Catholic).
The earliest known
image of Christ is probably that found in the floor of a Roman
villa at Hinton St Mary in Dorset and now in the British Museum.
The life of the Church in this beautiful part of the country is
In the Saxon Church,
this area produced great missionary leaders, with both men and
women such as St Edith of Wilton in authority. Holy places
from this period continue to be used for prayer, thin places
between heaven and earth. We had early experience of reorganising
in response to a changing world so as to be better able to fulfil
God's mission: St Osmund built the Norman Cathedral at Old Sarum in
1068 and admitted Saxons as well as Normans on an equal basis to
the Cathedral Foundation.
Salisbury is the
Diocese of some of those who shaped Anglican identity in the
century after the Reformation - Bishop John Jewel, Richard Hooker,
George Herbert. Now as then, we value scholarship and draw on the
Christian authority of Scripture, tradition and reason to engage
intelligently in the debates of the day.
We treasure our
heritage, we're firmly fixed on renewing hope in the Church of the
present, and confident of our place in God's
Within the broad
framework of the Church of England, there is a welcome diversity of
approach to what it means for us to follow Jesus Christ
today. We are respectful of differing theological
perspectives and have a desire to work together. The Diocese is
committed to there being a flourishing Christian presence in every
community. In many places the inherited models of church adapt,
develop and still serve well. We are developing new models of
ministry for mission alongside this, creating experiments from
which we all learn.
We believe in the
importance ministry to children and young people and value our 198
Church schools and academies. We have deep links with our large
independent school sector, where Anglican chaplaincy
We're a Diocese where
every Christian and every church is committed to the worship of
God, the proclamation of the Gospel and the service of our
neighbour. We believe in working in partnership - with one another,
ecumenically, and with secular organisations. We believe in high
standards in our personal relationships and professional life, and
value the discipline of Daily Prayer.
All this can only
happen in a Diocese that believes that in Christ we live and work
together, sharing one another's joys and sorrows, burdens and
opportunities. In this we seek to renew hope by pursuing truth and
loving God. It requires our energy, engagement and a commitment to