After a very early meeting with our treasurers this morning (Saturday), I went on to a meeting of the Chelmsford Diocesan Synod, of which I am a recently re-elected member.
After a couple of hours of listening to presentations on the church’s role in politics and clergy terms and conditions of service I left as tactfully as I could just before the official close.
I am sure — yea, I know for a fact — that the men and women who make up the Synod are genuine and well-meaning, but the whole thing just seemed to me to have an air of death hanging over it.
The one thing that should have been good was the frequency of references to the Bible. Sadly, these only occurred in a way that ripped verses out of context and (just conveniently) fitted the opinions fo the speakers.
You might never have guessed that the new arrangements of ‘Common Tenure’ for Anglican clergy are just like God’s covenant with Israel, but apparently they are. Equally you might not have known that St Paul had staff reviews in mind when he penned Ephesians 4:25, “Therefore each of you must put off falsehood and speak truthfully to his neighbour,” but apparently he did. And so it went on.
Still, it could have been worse. I could have been at the meeting of the Liverpool Diocesan Synod to hear Bishop James Jones declare his own departure from the House of Bishops collective position on homosexuality.
Then I really would have had something to be depressed about when I got home.
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6 March 2010
6 March 2010