Tag Archives: Worship

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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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

Posted in 2016: July - York, General Synod | Tagged , , , , | Leave a comment

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

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Her Majesty’s a very nice girl *

Absolutely no disrespect intended, but it is remarkable to see how the presence of the Queen transforms the mood. At Westminster Abbey this morning there was a lot of waiting about before the inaugural Synod service began, but once the … Continue reading

Posted in 2015: Nov - London, General Synod | Tagged , , , , | 3 Comments

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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Putting on the style *

Well, we’ve got past one hurdle on the Women Bishops front. As I explained on Friday, the separate Houses (Bishops, clergy, laity) have the right to ask for the legislation to be referred to them for separate debate. Sighs of … Continue reading

Posted in 2014: July - York, General Synod | Tagged , , , , , | 5 Comments

I say a little prayer *

Writing up the last day of Synod is always a bit difficult, largely because of the rush to get home. That’s especially true this week, with Paddington trains to the West severely restricted because of flooding at Maidenhead. Fortunately Waterloo … Continue reading

Posted in 2014: Feb - London | Tagged , , , | 2 Comments

November 20th: Overnight sensations

Lest you should think this is all fun and amateur journalism: I’m not sleeping well. So here are my reflections in the small hours, before returning to the fray – which, thankfully, starts with a Communion service, at which the … Continue reading

Posted in 2012: Nov - London, General Synod | Tagged , , | 1 Comment