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Stop! In the name of love *

There was an expectant hush in the chamber first thing this morning when Archbishop Justin stood to introduce Next steps on human sexuality – the presentation about the Teaching Document. A lot hangs on how this works. Next faltering steps … Continue reading

Posted in 2017: July - York, General Synod | Tagged , , , , , | 1 Comment

Where do you go to, my lovely?

Demonstrators and lobbyists greeted us this morning. The anticipation of this afternoon’s debate on the legendary report GS2055 was such that the other routine business of the morning passed by without huge enthusiasm or controversy. Eyes, ears and prayers were … Continue reading

Posted in 2017: February - London, General Synod | Tagged , , , , | 4 Comments

Handbags and gladrags *

Wandering across the campus at what felt like the crack of dawn for a 7.30 a.m. communion service, I barely thought about Saturday’s business. There’s no doubt that the imminent transmogrification of Synod into a very large Shared Conversation is … Continue reading

Posted in 2016: July - York, General Synod | Tagged , , , , , , , | 5 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

Posted in 2016: July - York, General Synod | Tagged , , , , | 5 Comments

What did you learn in school today? *

It was the first day today, and the new students had a pretty exhausting time of it. An intensive induction programme covered so much ground that they would be excused if they stayed home tomorrow to recover. There was a … Continue reading

Posted in 2015: Nov - London, General Synod | Tagged , , , | Leave a comment

We’ve only just begun… *

One of the interesting things about this Synod is that half of the lay and clergy membership are new. So – despite all the interest groups claiming they had a good election – no-one really knows how the new Synod will … Continue reading

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

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

Posted in 2014: July - York, General Synod | Tagged , , , | 1 Comment