Warning: rant following.. I make no apologies...
So I'm actually not all that interested in General Synod. I know I should be but really I'm not. I am following the tweets (hashtag #synod) but it's not actually that exciting. It seems to be a place where t's are crossed and i's dotted. Decisions seem to actually be made well before synod happens. It seems to be a debating chamber in name only. (That is my unknowledgable and inexperienced opinion, so feel free to shoot me down. It's just my observation...)
It seems perfectly obvious to me that women bishops will be 'allowed' in the near future. We have reached that point in the decade old debate that resistance is futile.Really I find it staggering that this is such an issue. If you don't like it, go join those exiting via a conveniently invented Catholic loophole. There, Peter Mullen is your space 'for those conscientiously opposed to the consecration of women bishops', off you trot, I am sure the ordinariate will welcome you...
Seriously, I wonder why on earth I want to work in to the Church of England sometimes. I really wish someone would recognise how important a role the CofE has in our country. I wish someone would stand up and say, we are here to represent JESUS. We are here to be Jesus to those around us. We are here to to be a living example of what Christ did for us all.
The CofE has a prominent position in this land. Almost every city, town and village has a Parish Priest, and almost every (if not every) city, town, and village has Christians living within it. What other organisation has such a position within our nation?
What are we waiting for? I want someone to stand up and say, how are we going to be Jesus to those around us? I want someone to stand up and say that Christ can transform not only us, but our nation? I want someone to stand up and say, 'love each other', I want someone to give the battle cry, to rally the church and the Christians of this nation to actually be Christ to those around them. I want someone to stand up and call for us to unify our Church. For goodness sake, how long will the church tear itself apart over issues like women bishops of Homsexuality? Oh, look I am not belittling the debates going on, of course they need to happen, the church needs to look forward, it needs reform, but why does so much more energy get put into these debates than actually spreading the love of God?
In an age where church numbers are declining, (please don't cite me that string of articles that came out just after Christmas saying the opposite); where poverty is rising; where areas of the world are being torn apart by famine, by war and civil unrest, and disease; where young people are so undervalued that youth budgets are being cut dramtically, where people feel so aggrieved that they start riots in their own back yards, where our own neighbours are hurting, broken and lost; why is that the church is not at the forefront of leading us all to change?
Sorry if your are doing wonderous things in your parish, this is more about the leadership of our church rallying the troops!