Author Archives: Jayne Ozanne

Now is Not The Time to Cut Clergy Posts!

by the Ven Mark Ireland, Archdeacon of Blackburn and co-author with Mike Booker of ‘Making New Disciples’ Twice in the last ten days we have appointed excellent candidates from outside the diocese to fill vacant parishes, one a curate at … Continue reading

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The Changing Face of General Synod

by Prof Helen King, Professor Emerita in Classical Studies at The Open University, elected member of General Synod and member of Living in Love and Faith project I have just been elected to General Synod for Oxford diocese. This isn’t … Continue reading

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General Synod: The Importance of Compromise & Conscience

by the Revd Dr Charlie Bell, Fellow at Girton College, Cambridge  and curate at St John the Divine, Kennington   The next few years in General Synod are going to be challenging ones. There are a number of substantial issues … Continue reading

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General Synod: Why I Can’t Support “Save the Parish” Campaign

by Anne Foreman, former member of General Synod, former member of the Business Committee and Trustee of the Ozanne Foundation So, by the time this goes to press, Deanery Synod members will have just a few hours left  to cast … Continue reading

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General Synod: the Abomination of Desolation

by Jayne Ozanne, Director of the Ozanne Foundation and Editor of ViaMedia.News I grew up in a church culture that taught me that we are in a constant spiritual battle, that the devil is in the process of massing his … Continue reading

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General Synod: The Challenge of Voting in Women Bishops

by April Alexander, who served on General Synod (2000-2016) and was a Church Commissioner (2008-2018), an elected member of the Crown Nominations Commission (2013-2017) and Vice Chair of Church of England Pensions Board (2002-2008) Like Jenny Humphreys I, too, had refrained from … Continue reading

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General Synod: Honest to God!

by the Revd Dr Charlie Bell, Fellow at Girton College, Cambridge  and curate at St John the Divine, Kennington ‘Integrity’ is not, perhaps, the first word we might associate with elections. Those who run for high office will often find … Continue reading

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General Synod: Coming Out for it All!

by the Revd Nicky Skipworth, Priest in Charge of the Parish of Harworth and Bircotes, Styrrup and Hesley (Diocese of Southwell and Nottingham) I’d like to open this piece by telling you that I am (as far as I’m concerned, … Continue reading

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General Synod: Permitting Discrimination is Very Dangerous!

by Canon Jenny Humphreys, former member of General Synod (2010 – 2021), member of WATCH and member of the Bath & Wells Vacancy in See Commission I write halfway through the election process for a new General Synod. I remain … Continue reading

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Synod: A Call to Simplify Our Structures

by Rt Hon Canon Sir Tony Baldry, who was MP for Banbury (1983 – 2015), Second Estates Commissioner (2010 – 2015) and Chair of the Church Buildings Council (2015 – 2019) I have some reflections on my time on General Synod … Continue reading

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