During this week the votes on the 19 recommendations took centre stage. These votes, the Synod themes and the 27,000 contributions of the listening stage were allowed to direct and speak to the development of ideas for the pastoral plan. Alongside this, the prayer and liturgy of each day inspired our thoughts and plans. At the centre of this was Christ himself whose light was shed on our Synod and on the realities of the world in which we are called to minister and live.
It was a hard week but one full of life and energy. By the Thursday, a way forward was beginning to emerge. It is challenging but also life-giving and most of all faithful to Christ experienced through the discernment that has been our pattern of working throughout the whole Synod journey.
The ideas, and there were many of them, have surfaced. The next stage is for a writing group to gather (for a week) and to try to present what has emerged in such a way that we can put it into place and make a difference. The Archbishop and his council will review the plan; the pastoral plan group will meet again for three days in September, and then we will work out how to roll out the plan towards it being shared at the end of November.
We will keep updating you as steps emerge.
Archbishop Malcolm, Fr Philip and Fr Matthew