Tag Archives: Archbishop Welby

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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Please don’t ever change… *

The theme of Monday’s Synod was whether we really really want to effect change in the Church of England. At several points we found material that is the result of Renewal and Reform (as R’n’R is now known) being handled … Continue reading

Posted in 2016: February - London, General Synod | Tagged , , , , | Leave a comment

Her Majesty’s a very nice girl *

Absolutely no disrespect intended, but it is remarkable to see how the presence of the Queen transforms the mood. At Westminster Abbey this morning there was a lot of waiting about before the inaugural Synod service began, but once the … Continue reading

Posted in 2015: Nov - London, General Synod | Tagged , , , , | 3 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

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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Raining in my heart…

It’s not been a great Synod. The women Bishops legislation (which I wrote about at great length) collapsed; my amendments about revising Canon B.12 were thrown out. And I now discover there’s been nearly 2″ of rain at home and … Continue reading

Posted in 2012: Nov - London, General Synod | Tagged , , , | 1 Comment

How can we know the way…?

Well, that’s the voting over. I am sufficiently cross not to be able to do the sums, but it was something like six votes in the House of Laity that killed it. On paper nothing can be done to resurrect … Continue reading

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Tuesday 20th morning: Today’s the day

This is hardly the Guardian, but I’ll try to post some frequent short comments… There’s now a new page for the afternoon session. 12.45 I’d just lost the will to live, despite coffee and an illicit donut! Speeches not offering … Continue reading

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