08 March 2017
The Church of England’s first female diocesan bishop has spoken
of her hope of helping women ex-offenders rebuild their lives and
self esteem in a new short film recorded to mark International
Rt Rev Rachel Treweek talks in a film released by the Church of
England about her passion to see every person know that they are
made in the image of God and loved, valued and precious.
She says that this passion led her to set up the #Liedentity
social media campaign against negative body images. She is also
backing a new scheme where the Diocese of Gloucester is providing a
safe house in partnership with The Nelson
Trust that can be used for women released from prison to be
reunited with their children.
“As a follower of Jesus Christ, I am passionate about every person
knowing that they are created in the image of God, that they are
loved, valued and precious, that is why I have been speaking out
against all the messages in our society that say that our value
comes from our external appearance, that is particularly an issue
for lots of girls,” Bishop Rachel said.
“Women in prison often feel devalued because of all that has gone
on in their own lives. That is why I am being bold for change and
working with others in the Diocese of Gloucester to make available
a house that can be used for women when they come out of
“I am working with a wonderful organisation, called the Nelson
Trust, who are running a programme to ensure that women coming out
of prison can be reunited with their children. I’m hoping that this
home will enable those women to be bold for change and discover
where their true value really comes from”.
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