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Diocesan Synod February 2022: A 'can-do' people

by Michael Ford last modified 16 Feb, 2022 04:24 PM

Diocesan Synod gathered over Zoom on Saturday 12 February. The Revd Chris Tebbutt began the session by leading Morning Prayer, following which, Bishop Karen gave her Presidential address.

You can watch the video , or download a full transcript of the address here. 

"A Mixed Ecology" was the first topic of the day, as the group reflected on what the term meant, and heard from churches around the diocese who have already seen success in this model of doing things. There was then space given for discussion and to share further thoughts on the future of Mixed Ecology church. 

Jonathan Triffitt, Director of Mission and Ministry said, "What a good and engaging Diocesan Synod!  It was really encouraging to hear stories of how local churches have been adapting to the challenges and opportunities to engage in mission and ministry during the pandemic. The creativity and imagination that is leading to new expression of church, as well as how some traditional congregations have adjusted, were hope-filled stories.

"What was equally encouraging is that the examples that were shared weren’t reliant on big teams, and loads of resources, but rather a couple of people gathering around an idea and having the courage to have a go! " 

Synod were then briefed on the full From Lament to Action report (National Church Paper) and on the agreed first steps from Bishop’s Council. You can view this portion of the session here

Additionally, Suzy Futcher, Diocesan Safeguarding Advisor, gave Synod an annual report on safeguarding, and Elizabeth Harvey, Director of Parish Support, gave a presentation on Fairer Share, information for which will be released at a later date. 

Neil Biles, Lay Chair of Weymouth and Portland Deanery, said, "The Diocesan Synod session came up trumps again as stories were shared, the challenge from Bishop Karen to have a 'can-do' attitude, and a sense that we have made significant progress in safeguarding across the Diocese - but we cannot be complacent and must measure our impact not how many courses we have done. 

"I came away feeling that I had gained valuable insight into the various stories shared, and a greater understanding for what is set before us over the next decade. I believe that we now need a bottom-up approach that takes responsibility for the local community, laity and clergy side by side." 

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