So, all across the country, excited new members of General Synod have been elected all this week! (Well, I guess the fact that you are reading this blog makes you & me the sort of people that probably consider synod elections exciting...) The official list is here; Peter Owen's helpful unofficial one is here.
So what happens next? Well, each diocese will be returning to Church House Westminster the official results from the elections.
New members will need the dates of General Synod meetings - but just so you have the immediate ones:
22 - 24 November for the Inauguration of new Synod in London, starting with a service in Westminster Abbey in the presence of the Supreme Governor, the Queen, who will then address the new synod back in the chamber at Church House immediately afterwards.
Synod then also meets in London again from the 7-11 of February; and in York 8-12 July, based in the university in York.
One of the other things new blog-savvy members of synod will of course want to do is to have the facility to contribute to this Synod Blog. Any member sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org with 'Add to Synod blog' in the subject line will be included as a blog author.
And if you didn't get elected to synod, sorry - but at least you can celebrate with all the time you have saved. Dave Walker has a Press Release that you may also be able to use:
Alastair Cutting (Chichester Diocese)