Thursday, 30 June 2016

EU Referendum and General Synod

The Church of England issued this press release this afternoon.

Addition to General Synod agenda
30 June 2016

Following the result of the EU Referendum on 23 June, the Archbishops of Canterbury and York have exercised their powers under the General Synod’s Standing Orders to make some time available at its brief Group of Sessions in July for a debate on a motion endorsing the Archbishops’ recent call for all to unite in the common task of building a generous and forward looking country, contributing to human flourishing around the world.

The debate will take place on the afternoon of Friday 8 July.

The wording of the motion will be made available to Synod members early next week.

The current Synod programme for Friday afternoon can be seen here. The Archbishops’ statement, referred to in the press release, is here.

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"contributing to human flourishing around the world."*

*Terns & Conditions apply. Not all minority groups included. In participating provinces only.

Posted by: Laurence Cunnington on Thursday, 30 June 2016 at 9:02pm BST

Jolly good thing too! Interesting to see that three of the "Famous Five" candidates to be the next Leader of the Conservative Party were born North of the Border in soon to be independent Scotland. The remaining two are both English Roses. Personally, I am rooting for the Church of England Vicar's daughter. Yet even Theresa sent out strong Celtic signals when she launched her Leadership Campaign as she chose to wear a Black Watch tartan trouser suit.
Further signals were evident in her Desert Island Discs choice. Two records hinted at a future coronation - ABBA's "Dancing Queen" and "The Queen of the Night" Aria from Mozart's "The Magic Flute" (N.B. NOT "Something of the Night").It is surely good to see that our probable next Prime Minister is a practising Anglican and a regular Communicant.
Two other Desert Island Discs choices reflected her faith when she chose her favourite hymn - "When I survey the wondrous cross" and, I am delighted to see, the great Anglo-Catholic, High Church Benediction hymn "Therefore we before him bending, This great sacrament revere".
Further encouragement can be found in her choice of "The Compassionate Society" from "Yes Minister". Let us hope that this is an indication that she will seek to change the image of the "Nasty Party" into something far more compassionate and caring? Here's hoping, for goodness knows, how much we need that transformation in our society today following the rise of Racial and Religious Hate Crimes resulting from the disastrous outcome of the EU Referendum.
Also of interest is the theological reference,in the current political and economic turmoil, to the "Dreadful Day of Judgement" when a fellow Conservative politician referring to Brutus Gove (the assassin of the assassin)said that for him there was "a very deep pit reserved in hell"
In times of national chaos it would seem that we are turning to "Mother" for reassurance, comfort and compassion.

Posted by: Father David on Friday, 1 July 2016 at 8:19am BST

The Globe and Mail (see link) is reporting on the two front runners for next U.K. PM this morning. Describing the vicar's daughter Theresa May as, "...known for her clamp-down on immigration, which has won her friends among anti-immigrant conservatives and approval from the xenophobic U.K. Independence Party ...but enemies among the liberal left."

As a North American there is a bit of a climb on the learning curve at the moment in terms of getting a handle on all the politcal players in the Tory and Labour camps making it to international news.

On the continent, I gather that Marine Lepen's right wing party, under her leadership has actually rehabilitated itself with regard to its position on gay rights, partly as a way of adding to its "pro-secular" and Islamophobic appeal.

Question: Is there any consensus among either the soft Brexit crowd, or the hard Brexit crowd, regarding GLBTQ civil rights?

Posted by: Rod Gillis on Friday, 1 July 2016 at 3:15pm BST

Hopefully the Church will wake up to its responsibilities and start advocating unrestricted movement of people worldwide. The plight of immigrants is severely exacerbated by closed borders.

The Church of England has lost its zeal for universal social justice and equality and replaced it with Middle-England complacency. It is time it woke from its slumber.

Doing so would be unpopular. Even the majority of Synod might be against global equality. So I suspect there will be a session of impressive-sounding rhetoric, a self-important declaration which fails to address true social justice, and no follow-through for the very limited actions which might get approved.

All very depressing.

Posted by: Kate on Friday, 1 July 2016 at 5:30pm BST

"The Church of England has lost its zeal for universal social justice and equality and replaced it with Middle-England complacency."

I'm not sure it's possible to lose something you've never had.

Or indeed to replace something with exactly what was there before.

Posted by: Fr Andrew on Friday, 1 July 2016 at 6:36pm BST

The article might be of interest to Rod Gillis. May and Gove both were strong supporters of the Equal Marriage Legislation. Crabb and Fox opposed (and neither has changed their mind since). Leadsom abstained (by voting both ways---perhaps a truly Anglican approach to all sorts of matters!).

Posted by: Turbulent Priest on Friday, 1 July 2016 at 9:39pm BST

@ Turbulent Priest, Thanks for the link!

Posted by: Rod Gillis on Saturday, 2 July 2016 at 3:17pm BST
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