Here goes. The General Synod has begun in York.

And it is hot. Not in terms of debate (yet), but in terms of sun.

The agenda will now run. Hours of Saturday in groups working on the women bishops matter. Monday is the big day: women bishops in the morning and the Diocese Commission Scheme to dissolve three West Yorkshire dioceses and create a single new one.

As always, the challenge to the Synod is to hold before it the wide vision of the Kingdom of God while attending to the detail of legislation and our closer (vested?) interests. I recall again the line from the Glaubensrepublik Deutschland book mentioned in previous posts:

Hope is the gift to hear amid the cacophanies of the present the music of the future.