Tag Archives: Archbishop Sentamu

There’s something in the air *

The first day of this Synod has been described as ‘tetchy’, ‘prickly’ and ‘febrile’. Underlying the routine business that always begins the meeting there was a current of tense, personal, and fierce differences about sexuality matters. It was there from … Continue reading

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Summer Days (and Summer Nights!!)

There are two big differences to this July Synod. One is cultural, the other is procedural. The cultural change is the complete cancellation of late-evening sessions. No more earnest debating till 10.00 p.m.  – it’s all going to be over … Continue reading

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I don’t want to talk about it… *

Actually, I would love to talk about it, but I’m not going to! The Shared Conversations process began after lunch today, and we’re not talking about it while it’s happening. But the day started with some epic ceremonial in York … Continue reading

Posted in 2016: July - York, General Synod | Tagged , , , , , | 3 Comments

Time is tight *

For the first time that I can remember, we found some freebies awaiting us on our seats today! It looked at first sight like a rosary and some prayer cards. But Archbishop Sentamu concluded his report on his six-month pilgrimage walk … Continue reading

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But then you know it’s time for them to go *

Trying to sum up the last day of a Synod is really difficult. Not least because you get into a rush getting away and heading for home. But today was the last day – not just of this session, but … Continue reading

Posted in 2015: July - York | Tagged , , , | 5 Comments

When will I see you again? *

On the bus from York station to the University I fell into conversation with another member. She wondered if I was hoping to come back to the new Synod in November. My answer? “Well, maybe…” I asked if she was thinking … Continue reading

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You say you want a revolution *

This is a preview of General Synod’s London meeting on 10-12 February. There’s been plenty of fussing and fluttering in the dovecotes about the various Task Group Reports that are coming to Synod. This is partly because the Archbishops have … Continue reading

Posted in 2015: February - London, General Synod | Tagged , , | 2 Comments

Things we said today *

It was a moment to savour. Something to remember. And after (in my case) nine years of Synod membership during which it has been the main pre-occupation of many, the King’s Great Matter is resolved. (Regular readers: I hereby promise … Continue reading

Posted in 2014: Nov - London, General Synod | Tagged , , , , | 1 Comment

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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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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