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House of Bishops meeting

Press release from the Church of England

House of Bishops

A meeting of the House of Bishops took place today on Thursday, the 21st of May 2020 (by Zoom).

The meeting was a resumption of the previous meeting of the House of 19 May which was adjourned by the Chair due to technical issues.

Amongst the issues discussed by the House:

  • An update on the Church’s activity on COVID-19 with reflections and insights given by three Diocesan bishops as well as insights from Brendan McCarthy, Medical Ethics Health and Social Care Policy adviser, and continuing preparations for the gradual reopening of churches for prayer and worship, led by Bishop Sarah Mullally.
  • Updates from groups of bishops looking at coronavirus and its implications for the future of the Church of England were given, with a series of breakout groups further looking at issues including political and economic change, shifts in technology as well as the impact of demographic change.

The Archbishop of Canterbury led a Vote of Thanks on behalf of the House, to the Archbishop of York, John Sentamu for his dedicated ministry and service.

The next meeting will be held on 9 June 2020.

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Stanley Monkhouse
4 years ago

This to me reads like a communiqué published in Pravda concerning a meeting of the Supreme Soviet (yes, I’m old enough to remember). It’s bland, insubstantial, and takes us for idiots. What insights? Which bishops? What updates? What issues? But never mind, this is all increasingly irrelevant except to the dwindling number of nerds who like synods. Bishops and synods have long been irrelevant to ordinary parishioners – and priests. Covid is hastening the inevitable and cracks begin to appear in even the conevo constituency. Philip Pullman has written a coruscating critique of the governance of the country (, and… Read more »

Reply to  Stanley Monkhouse
4 years ago

Stanley, so true … until we reach the penultimate paragraph of congratulations for one of the club. At that point suddenly it is quite specific

That says it all.

Canon Dr Michael
Canon Dr Michael
4 years ago

Breakout Groups, lol. This I must see. Episcopal Spice Girls let out of prison?

Stanley Monkhouse
4 years ago

C of E comms people were evidently taught the same ethical code as the Prime Minister and Mr Cummings. They all take their audiences for fools. The Bishop of Leeds criticises the PM and his adviser for precisely the same failing displayed by him and his mates. The difference is that bishops and the church affect hardly anyone.

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