Monthly Archives: July 2013

Shildon and York

My journey to York for the July 2013 Synod was arranged to fit in a brief visit to the National Railway Museum’s outpost at Shildon. Once I’d got to York, I was able to drop in at the astonishing Mallard … Continue reading

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Is this for real? Or is it fantasy? *

!!UPDATED!! Tuesday 9 July – scroll to bottom Well, it’s over. For now. We have voted to go with Option 1, with some bells and whistles added in the direction of: greater security for those opposed (without the statutory provision … Continue reading

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Afternoon Delight? *

Everyone was pretty exhausted at lunchtime. The significant things seem to me to be: the session has had to be extended into the afternoon, because we didn’t get through all the amendments there’s been some twitchiness about people calling for … Continue reading

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Best part of breaking up is when you’re making up *

“ATTENTION! THIS VEHICLE IS REVERSING! As I wandered across the campus to the morning Communion service, a council dustcart (recycling vehicle nowadays, I suppose) was outside the restaurant block. It blared out its recorded message and I found myself wondering … Continue reading

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‘Sorry’ seems to be the hardest word *

Although I wasn’t at the Synod service in York Minster this morning (I was somewhere else), there was some disruption as the main procession went in. A man refused to move when asked, and was wrestled to the ground! On … Continue reading

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No face, no name, no number…

The press and public were kept away from General Synod today, for the first time in my memory. It was all because we were meeting in facilitated discussion groups, trying to get to grips with finding a way to proceed … Continue reading

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Friday I’ve got Monday on my mind

Synod can start very slowly, but I had to get my famous Synod clapometer out very quickly tonight when Archbishop Justin was called to the microphone to give his first Presidential Address. The depth, warmth, and volume of the applause … Continue reading

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Here it comes again, that feeling…

Living just ten miles from the Glastonbury Festival site, and with a mega-event of our own to arrange (the farewell to our retiring diocesan Bishop), I’ve only just caught up with the General Synod papers. Obviously the King’s Great Matter … Continue reading

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