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July Synod July 10, 2011

Posted by charleswread in Uncategorized.

We are on day two of the York General Synod. Everyone has been commenting on how unexciting the agenda is, but there are two liturgy debates later this weekend and two debates on ministry training – how much more exciting can it get?!

Yesterday (Friday) was introductory and routine stuff – reports on where we are at with progress of legislation etc.. Debate on the agenda (i.e. people get to comment on what we are discussing and what is not on the agenda but they think ought to be) – much comment on Sudan. We receive a message from Graham Kings (bishop of Sherbourne) who is out there and today ++Rowan asked for our support for him to write to the Foreign Secretary expressing our concern about the situation.

Last night was questions – some highlights (well, for me…):

  1. the bishop of Chichester pretty much admitted that the Faith and Order Advisory Group had done work on confimation and produced a report / book on this without really talking to liturgical scholars – more on this after tomorrow’s debates on confirmation.
  2.  clergy ordained in e.g. Anglican dioceses overseas can officiate in England by obtaining the permission of the Archbishops of York and Canterbury. For anypone ordained by a woman bishop, this permission is never given.

Today we had a brilliant presidential address by ++Rowan then a morning in groups to reflect on how we do and might work as a Synod. My group much better than I’d hoped – much thanks to the bishop of Truro who chaired it well.

This afternoon we threw out the proposals to fix extras for weddings – Synod flexing its muscles after not being able to vote on much yet. Tonight a good but uncontroversial debate on mission action planning.





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