Tuesday, 14 November 2006

Questions and Answers

Under the headline Church of England’s ‘parliament’ holds virtual question time the Church of England claimed today that:

The Church of England’s General Synod has held its first virtual question time. Twenty-five questions from Members, asked by e-mail, are answered on the Church’s website today.

The answers, along with the questions were published officially only in the form of an RTF file.

An html copy of the content of that file can be found here.

Posted by Simon Sarmiento on Tuesday, 14 November 2006 at 6:46pm GMT | TrackBack
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I don't know whether to laugh or cry.

As the press release suggests, this is an experiment so part of me thinks I should let the Synod decide for themselves whether they think it is useful or not.

Having said that, surely this mode of operation is not just about doing things better internally but also about making Synod's work more publicly visible and accountable? That means they should be taking into account the views of others... like me! :-)

What makes me really scratch my head is why was it done and the way in which it was done. As for the why? I can applaud the Synod's desire to make use of technology but is a virtual question time the thing to which they should be giving priority? I, for one, would put streaming the actual Synod debates at a higher priority and I'm sure others could think of other examples. Synod members themselves might prefer use of online facilities to avoid the mass of paper they get for each group of sessions.

On the method - an RTF file? A stream of questions with no kind of navigation? I do sometimes wonder whether those doing all this are listening to anyone with any web nous. If you are going to do something 'virtual' at least do it properly.

Posted by: David on Tuesday, 14 November 2006 at 9:48pm GMT

*Two* (of only 25) questions regarding "the advertisement placed by the Gay Police Association in The Independent headlined “In the name of the father”"?

Methinks some CofE'ers need to get over themselves, and get a life! ;-/

Posted by: J. C. Fisher on Tuesday, 14 November 2006 at 11:24pm GMT

The two questions were both from the same person, so it's really only one question...

The advertisement mentioned did occasion quite a stir when it appeared. See for example

Posted by: Simon Sarmiento on Wednesday, 15 November 2006 at 1:14pm GMT

Sarah Dylan Breuer posted an article about one of these questions (and I made a comment in response) see

Posted by: Simon Sarmiento on Wednesday, 15 November 2006 at 1:18pm GMT
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