Monthly Archives: July 2014

A man needs a maid..? *

I’ve just attended the consecration of not one, not two, but three new bishops. All suffragans – two for Chelmsford and one for Lincoln. If you’ve ever been to a consecration you’ll know that at the point in the service … Continue reading

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The times they are a-changing *

To make any sense of a debate that started at 11.15 and finished at 4.40 is practically impossible, but now I’ll try to sum up how today has been. (I’ve reworked material from  today’s blow-by-blow account.) Historic? Yes Emotional? That … Continue reading

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Extra! Extra! Read all about it *

4.30 p.m. RESULTS Carried in all three houses!!! Laity:  For:152:    Against: 45  Abs: 5 Clergy for:162 Against: 25  Abst: 4 Bishops. For: 37 Against: 2 .  Abs: 1 This post covers the debate in chunks. You’ll need to scroll down and … Continue reading

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I’m waiting for the day *

So we all hopped onto coaches this morning and headed into York city centre – not for a tourist trip but to attend the Sung Eucharist service in the fabulous Minster: a great Synod tradition. It gets us off site and … Continue reading

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Putting on the style *

Well, we’ve got past one hurdle on the Women Bishops front. As I explained on Friday, the separate Houses (Bishops, clergy, laity) have the right to ask for the legislation to be referred to them for separate debate. Sighs of … Continue reading

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Friday I’ve got Monday on my mind *

So, the first day is over. I posted earlier about the Women Bishops issues. There’s a bit of extra news to update – scroll down for that. But this post is about the other stuff we’ve done today. It’s Synod, … Continue reading

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Here it comes again… *

There’s a terribly focussed feel to this July Synod. Although the agenda is full of ‘normal’ business – some liturgy, lots of legislation, the annual financial stuff, and so on – everyone knows that This Is The Time To Sort … Continue reading

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