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21 July 2010


From Canon Christopher Hall

Sir, — This Synodoholic old hand observed the General Synod meeting “from the gods” in York. Ninety questions were tabled to be answered by the “Establishment”; of these, just two were Kingdom-orientated; all the rest were about the Church’s internal workings.

The July 1995 Report of Proceedings records 19 outward-looking questions out of about 120. In contrast, at the Shell AGM in 1995, shareholders asked the Board two or three ethical questions about the company’s operations; in 2010, almost all the questions focused on the company’s impact on the wider world.

What does this have to say about the health of the Church of England? Is it because the Board for Social Responsibility has been virtually phased out, or does it simply reflect the priorities of most Synod members?

Thank God for the Archbishop of York’s Presidential address (Synod, 16 July), which should be read and re-read online.

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