It is General Synod Election time! Manifestos have been written, videos shot, hustings arranged, and votes cast.
Every politician is keen to emphasise the important of the coming five years, keen to present them as a defining epoch. This is true for Members of Parliament as well as candidates for General Synod. It is probably the case that some five year periods are less defining than others in the overall sweep of things but, I suspect that the coming five year period will be, for the Church of England, truly defining. Forget visions and strategies for something far more important is at stake: our character and our culture.
The Church of England has plenty to wrestle with: LLF, clergy discipline, safeguarding, our governance processes, the role of bishops, the accountability of the Church Commissioners, the Mission and Pastoral Measure, the deployment of our historic assets, the changing shape of ministry…
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