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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

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Come brothers and sisters, thoughout the land *

Well, it looks like a very dull Synod. Hugely significant, but dull. The significance is that we have reached the end of the road on the King’s Great Matter, and we will pass the final amending Canon Number 33 today. … Continue reading

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I’m on the pavement, thinking about the Government *

So, the King’s Great Matter has come before the Lords and Commons assembled! We can’t help it, but there are certain points at which the Church of England’s ‘Established’ role means we get mixed up with Parliament, the Queen, and … Continue reading

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A man needs a maid..? *

I’ve just attended the consecration of not one, not two, but three new bishops. All suffragans – two for Chelmsford and one for Lincoln. If you’ve ever been to a consecration you’ll know that at the point in the service … Continue reading

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No face, no name, no number…

The press and public were kept away from General Synod today, for the first time in my memory. It was all because we were meeting in facilitated discussion groups, trying to get to grips with finding a way to proceed … Continue reading

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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

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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 afternoon…

Showing my age, one of my favourite Moody Blues songs. Maybe it ought to be ‘Go Now…’? Anyway, this is a continuation of this morning’s running blog… 6.05. Sentamu calls for two minutes silent prayer and reflection…. Bishop of Manchester … Continue reading

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