Thinking Anglicans

Post Synod roundup

Last updated 2 March 2019

Videos of all sessions of last week’s General Synod are available here on YouTube.

Rachel Mann looks back at the sessions: ‘In Company’ – A Few Remarkable Days at Synod

[I’ll add articles below as more are published.]

Ivan Ball The Guardian Letters Church of England bureaucracy needs an update

Zachary Guiliano The Living Church ‘The Synod for Evangelism’

Andrew Lightbown Theore0 Mission & Evangelism: ecclesiology and liturgy. Reflecting on General Synod

Tim Hind Open Synod Group Overview of the Group of Sessions

William Nye The Guardian Letters Update on Church of England rules for parishes
a response to Ivan Ball’s letter by the secretary general of the Archbishops’ Council.

Meg Munn Chair of the National Safeguarding Panel My First Synod

Church Times has published its usual detailed reports on the Synod. Non-subscribers can only read a limited number of these reports.

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Revd Dean Henley
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Revd Dean Henley

I would add to Ivan Ball’s points about volunteer fatigue: voluminous correspondence from the ‘centre’ to hard pressed volunteers about the unrelenting mission initiatives which have different names and acronyms but are essentially the same – the Decade of Evangelism; Vision for Action; Living God’s Love; Reaching New People in New Ways; Thy Kingdom Come; Leading Your Church Into Growth; Follow the Star. We also annually get archdeacon’s Articles of Enquiry for each small rural church, requests for Statistics for Mission for each church and a separate mission hall now used only once a month. These articles of enquiry are… Read more »

Charles Read
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Charles Read

The simplification working party ought to be simplifying this- that is what we wanted to happen. (Though to be honest much of what you mention is a diocesan thing- dioceses need to simplify too.)

Sue Slater
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Sue Slater

I like Tim Hind’s reflections, but need to correct him on one point. This was not the first time General Synod met in London on a Saturday. We met on Saturday 10 February 2018 for, amongst other items, a debate on valuing people with Down’s.