Tag Archives: Facilitated Conversations

She said “You don’t understand what I said” *

“So, what were the General Synod Shared Conversations like?” I’ve been asked that several times, but only now, with a week’s distance, can I attempt to reflect on how it went, what it means, and (big question) What Might Happen … 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

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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

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The weekend starts here *

I generally try to knock out a Synod preview the day before it starts. But this time I’m a whole week ahead. Two reasons: For around half the members, it’s their first York residential weekend synod. So I’m writing about … Continue reading

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Some are dead, and some are living *

Synod worship in London is always slightly odd (the building is not exactly designed for it), and nearly always very moving. Wednesday began with a Eucharist, and we were observing the martyrdom of Archbishop Janani Luwum, killed by President Amin’s regime … Continue reading

Posted in 2016: February - London, General Synod | Tagged , , , , , , | 8 Comments

Let’s talk of love and change *

There are probably two things on the minds of most Synod members as we fight our way from the First Sunday of Lent to the First Day of the February Synod. One is change – what we call here R’n’R … Continue reading

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