The God Who Speaks

"We declare to you what was from the beginning, what we have heard, what we have seen with our eyes, what we have looked at and touched with our hands, concerning the word of life." 1 John 1:1

Scripture is at the centre of everything the Church does. The word of God shapes our prayer and worship. The Bible shows us how to understand the world, how we are called to live and relate to each other.

2020 is the 10th anniversary of Verbum Domini – Pope Benedict XVI’s Apostolic Exhortation on ‘The Word of the Lord’ and the 1,600 anniversary of St Jerome’s death. These dates have inspired the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales to dedicate 2020 as a year of focus on the Bible and ‘The God Who Speaks’.

During the year, we will be celebrating, living and sharing God‘s word with an exciting new Scripture initiative. It’s an opportunity to enrich current practice and to develop and explore new ways of responding to ‘The God who Speaks’.

Throughout 2020 there will be a range of events, activities and resources to participate in all around the country. To help achieve transformation in our hearts and in our communities there will be three themes of celebrating, living and sharing God’s word. Take a look around this section to see how you can get involved.

Contact

Please email Fleur Dorrell if you have any questions relating to our Scripture initiative ‘The God Who Speaks’.

Focus

Throughout the year we will have a different monthly focus to help explore our three themes; celebrating, living and sharing God's word.

Films: Scripture and Art

Cardinal Vincent Nichols launches our 2020 'God Who Speaks' Scripture initiative from the National Gallery in London. The Cardinal stands alongside three devotional and dynamic paintings by different artists to bring to life their meaning for our times.

Bible Basics

The book that has had the biggest influence on the history of the world is almost certainly the Christian bible. It has touched individuals and societies in so many different ways.

Scripture Seekers

How do we make sense of something as big as the Bible? With 73 books it’s no small read let alone trying to remember even a fraction of some of all the characters.

Celebrating God’s Word

Whenever we celebrate the liturgy, the Scriptures are proclaimed. We listen to God speaking to us with the Church.

Living God’s Word

We not only need to hear and receive God’s word, we also need to put that word into practice.

Sharing God’s Word

With a renewed love of Scripture comes both the opportunity and desire to share it with others.

Word on the Road

Word on the Road is an exciting new initiative of the 'God Who Speaks' designed to create Scriptural ownership of events and activities throughout our dioceses.

Bible Society

Working in over 200 countries, Bible Society is a charity on a global mission to bring the Bible to life for every man, woman and child. We believe that when people engage with the Bible, lives can change for good. Bible Society is our Partner for The God who Speaks: The Year of the Word.

Grant Applications

We are offering a small number of grants to help fund innovative projects that inspire and encourage individuals and communities to engage with Scripture.