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General Synod – reports on day four

Updated Friday morning

The official summary of the morning’s business is at General Synod – Summary of Business Conducted on Thursday 12th February 2009 AM

And for the afternoon, there is General Synod – Summary of Business Conducted on Thursday 12th February 2009 PM

Martin Beckford in the Telegraph Workers who lose jobs will escape ‘Crackberry culture’
Ruth Gledhill in the Times Bishop of London says that redundancy is good for the soul
Avril Ormsby at Reuters ‘We are all to blame for financial crisis’ – archbishop
BBC Church leaders focus on recession

Further updates

ENS In England, Anglican covenant debate reveals mixed expectations by Matthew Davies

Ekklesia Global economy hits poorest hardest, archbishop tells Synod

Ruth Gledhill General Synod Feb 09 Day Four

Justin Brett In Praise of the Tom Wright Sound-Bite

Alastair Cutting A jar, an empty cupboard, and kissing the hand of the Queen

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Fr Mark
Fr Mark
12 years ago

The comments on Ruth Gledhill’s article “Bishop says redundancy is good for the soul” are nearly all along the lines of “If the Bishop thinks redundancy is a good thing, why doesn’t he have to experience it himself?”.

I don’t know whether the Bishop has been misreported, but if he hasn’t, this looks like another “old male Church leader living rent- and council tax-free with job for life shows how out of touch he is” story. Is that good for the Church’s image?

Father Ron Smith
Father Ron Smith
12 years ago

“Sometimes, people seem to be relieved to get off the treadmill and to be given an opportunity to reconsider what they really want out of life” – Bishop Richard Chartres – R.G. Times on-line – What an unforunate statement for the Bishop of London to make – in the contaxt of a burgeoning recession, affecting many people in the City of London, who may or may not be Church members. Whatever the good bishop may think about the failings of the financial sector, the people he is talking about are largely family bread-winners -like himself – intent on earning their… Read more »

bobinswpa
bobinswpa
12 years ago

“Sometimes, people seem to be relieved to get off the treadmill and to be given an opportunity to reconsider what they really want out of life”
– Bishop Richard Chartres – R.G. Times on-line –

Yes, dear bishop, especially when a person has a family to feed, clothe and provide shelter. Maybe he’d like to give his job and salary to one of the un-employed.

Where in the world do they find these people (bishops)? There seems to be a foot in mouth disease going round.

Erika Baker
Erika Baker
12 years ago

Dear Bishop Chartres
please do take the time to read http://pluralistspeaks.blogspot.com/2009/02/message-for-unemployed.html

Fr Mark
Fr Mark
12 years ago

Pluralist: brilliant My Lord of London piece on your blog.

Pluralist
12 years ago

Thanks very much. He did make it easy, but I wanted to put in other issues like why lay readers and other local ministers aren’t paid for their labour.

George
George
11 years ago

I was recently replaced by a consultant in my job at a central London Church of England. There was no consultation period and I was told it was nothing to do with my performance. I am now redundant and my faith is shattered.

Is is right for the Church of England to make someone redundant in a time of serious recession? Where is the pastoral care?

G

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