The final Session of this meeting of the General Synod that takes place this morning will deal with what is really internal business. There is a report before us from the Elections Review Group. Their report is about the number of those returned to the Synod from each of the dioceses, the particular representatives from the Universities and the co-option of members of the black and minority ethnic communities.
Such discussions, though sometimes dry, are obviously important as we want the General Synod to be as representative of the Church of England as possible – and in many ways of course, it isn’t. Looking around the chamber we are whiter and older and more middle class and possible more male (though that has changed in recent years) than the church in general. Addressing that is vitally important.
The morning will end with more farewells and we will then collect our bags and leave York.
And the weather? Well, there seems to be fog, or is it mist? The Vale of York is notorious for fog that lingers, so let’s hope this burns off and we can leave as we arrived, in bright sunshine.
Eternal God and Father,
you create and redeem us by the power of your love:
guide and strengthen us by your Spirit,
that we may give ourselves in love and service
to one another and to you;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.