There has been a great deal of fury over the decision of the General Synod of the Church of England to not ratify legislation to appoint women as bishops.
It was a bad day yesterday for the Church of England. There hasn’t quite been a Thomas a Beckett style murder in the Cathedral but it has been a disastrous own goal for the Church of England. Indeed it was an unforced error. No-one from outside made the Church do this.
So, it is going to be Justin Welby for Archbishop of Canterbury. In many ways the media are signalling a big change in the leadership of the Church of England.
As some of you who read our weekly newsletter or attend Springfield will know is that we, along with St Paul’s Brixton and the Diocese of Southwark, recently won a bid from the Church Commissioners for developing estate based mission in South London.
One of the fascinating things that Rowan talked about both in his resignation interview in March and with us on our anniversary Sunday was about Fresh Expressions, new ways of being church.
There is a very much travelled narrative in the UK that the Church is in a nosedive decline to marginalisation and irrelevance. The case for this is the falling church numbers in the Church of England and other mainstream churches.
Well today is Pentecost. The day that the Church celebrates its founding. The day that Acts 2 records the Spirit moving among the disciples after the momentous events of Easter and bringing to birth the Church.
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Gordon, who took so many of the brilliant photos of Rowan Williams visit to Springfield, has told me that I put the wrong set of pictures up online!