It was a good Synod as far as I was concerned. Unfortunately, as a result both of a Chapter meeting this evening and the visit of Her Majesty The Queen to the Cathedral tomorrow, I had to leave early and so missed the final debate. But it was so refreshing to have a very different feel in the chamber. Who could have predicted this time last year that we would be in this position today? Last year I felt so dismal, now it feels as though we are in a better place and I have to give thanks to God for that, but also to all those who have worked so hard and with such inspiration to get us to this place on the issue of women in the episcopate.
But as they say ‘there’s many a slip between cup and lip’. As the Bishop of Rochester said, now is not the time to open up the bubbly! There is work to be done – but we are ready and eager for that and I believe when the matter is referred to the dioceses – it is Section 8 business – the dioceses will engage positively with the process.
So we leave Westminster and get back to life and ministry in the places in which God has set us. But thanks be to God for these three days. Jesus said ‘in three days I will rebuild my church.’ (John 2.19). I think we have seen the building going on.
Glory to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit;
as it was in the beginning, is now, and shall be for ever. Amen.