Tag Archives: General Synod

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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It’s yesterday once more *

Sometimes Synod can be at its most relaxed after a big event. There was plenty of post-match analysis this morning – read on below for more about yesterday. But as people gathered, there was a treat in store, as we … Continue reading

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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

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Every day, it’s getting closer *

Synod surrounds itself with worship. Nowadays, it is not all straight from the book. Words and music appear on the big screens. This morning (Tuesday) we had a fairly straightforward Communion service in the main hall. Tonight we finished with … Continue reading

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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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Wishing you were here *

I’m observing the protocols we are using for the Shared Conversations here at York. That means I’m not posting an update into what has been going on today. Sorry if you’ve had a wasted journey! I may try to post … 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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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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Are you ready? *

It’s a very unusual Synod. Getting ready for it has been different. Today’s agenda has been changed and (?more significantly?) we are going into purdah for Shared Conversations. Yes, on Sunday, Monday and Tuesday we close down the Standing Orders and … Continue reading

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