Tag Archives: Synod

Good times, better times *

After the tensions of the weekend, General Synod had a more typical day on Monday. Sighs of relief all round. And, as it happened, the subjects for debate were things we tended to agree about. So things ended better than … Continue reading

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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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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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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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The Dangling Conversation(s) *

General Synod, Thursday 12 February. The headlines of the day, for me, were miles away from the preceding two days. A packed lunch time fringe meeting (I mean the room was full, not that there were lots of sandwich boxes) … Continue reading

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Friday I’ve got Monday on my mind *

So, the first day is over. I posted earlier about the Women Bishops issues. There’s a bit of extra news to update – scroll down for that. But this post is about the other stuff we’ve done today. It’s Synod, … Continue reading

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