Comments: July General Synod

There was some disquiet at the last Chelmsford Diocesan Synod that the first of the two motions we passed (the one on the Bible) was only contingency business. Part of the point is to draw people's attention to the 400th anniversary of the publication of the Authorised Version of the Bible in 2011, and to encourage some serious and joined-up thinking about how to celebrate this in a way which brings the message of the Bible to the people of our nation.

The other Diocesan Synod motion (London leading, Chelmsford also involved) is listed last. I do hope that there is a good debate rather than an empty chamber, as the number of Diocesan motions being sent up suggests a new negotiation of the relationship between the Dioceses and the national Church which requires sharper communication, and which is more mutual and less top-down.

Posted by Mark Bennet at Thursday, 18 June 2009 at 6:34pm BST
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