A chance for the community to be heard
‘Dignity in Mission’ policy on bullying and harassment
The Ven John Ashe, Archdeacon of Lynn, gave an update on the draft Dignity in Mission document which details diocesan policy on bullying and harassment. The document discusses how the way in which we treat each other within the Christian Church is part of our witness and integral to our response to the gospel.
The update followed on from the questions raised by Diocesan Synod at previous meetings.
Diocesan Mission Strategy – proposals for consideration
The Rt Revd Alan Winton, Bishop of Thetford, presented some of the thinking, planning and ideas which are going into the mission strategy.
At the end of last year a letter was sent to all parishes inviting them to contribute to building on the foundations of the already successful 'Committed to Growth' mission strategy. There were 200 responses to the letter and since then considerable time and prayer has been devoted to developing the new strategy with input from a variety of people.
Synod were given an opportunity to discuss this initial work in groups and feedback directly to Bishop Alan any initial thoughts and comments.
The strategy will be launched at the Central Visitations in May and June to which everyone is invited, and full details will be made available at that point once finalised. For more details visit http://www.dioceseofnorwich.org/event?id=8286
News from the Deaneries – Lynn
There was a report from the Revd Canon James Nash on the challenges and rewards in working in both a rural and urban deanery.
General Synod update for February
The Revd Canon Howard Stoker then gave an update on the February meeting of General Synod. The results of the Synod were very positive with the Archbishop of Canterbury seeking to dispel any misinterpretation surrounding the Primate’s meeting earlier this year.
The Revd Canon Howard Stoker also discussed how the Moderator of the Church of Scotland, the Rt. Revd Dr Angus McPherson sought support from General Synod for the Columba Declaration. There has been much publicity on the hurt and distress that this report has had on the Scottish Episcopal Church. The Archbishop was among those who apologised for any hurt caused and the Declaration was accepted by Synod, 202 in favour, with 50 against and 49 abstentions.
Much of General Synod was influenced by the Church’s initiative Renewal and Reform. In Resourcing Ministerial Education Synod was also invited to note and welcome the aspiration to increase the number of those training for ministry by 50% and the changes to how ministerial education will be exercised and funded.
Amending Canon no 34
Bishop Graham announced the amendment of Canon no 34 which makes provision for a range of matters intended to strengthen the Church’s position in relation to safeguarding.
Bishop Graham brought Synod to a close with a prayer and blessing.