Tag Archives: Human sexuality

R-E-S-P-E-C-T Find out what it means to me *

Sentamu and Justin today in the  Minster. (Pic credit: Ravage Productions) It’s always a big event: a full Minster, stunning music, both Archbishops in full rig… Yes, it’s the York Synod Sunday morning. For members whose normal Sunday routine is … Continue reading

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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

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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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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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Won’t you listen to what the man said? *

Usually, arriving in London for the first day of Synod is a cheery experience. This Monday, it wasn’t. The mood is febrile, and people were very tense. For starters, I arrived late – I’d been to a funeral at home in … Continue reading

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There must be some kind of way out of this place *

With the momentous goings-on in Washington and over Brexit, this week’s dear old General Synod ought to provide some light relief. But I fear it will not be so, as we head for a really difficult  day on Wednesday, preceded … Continue reading

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It’s mighty good news to me *

On Tuesday the Synod got to talk about evangelism! Not only that, but we talked to each other in some depth in small groups before we did the Synod thing of debating and passing motions. The subject was the report of … Continue reading

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