It has been an absolute privilege to be involved in so many Synod conversations during this diocesan phase of the Universal Synod. There are a number of themes emerging and plenty to think and pray about. It seems that the message has been largely picked up that this isn’t simply about producing a report, but rather about looking at how we walk alongside one another as Church, this is key for us going forward.
We have had some fantastic gatherings of our Partnerships for Synod and our online Synod conversation with Bishop Robert proved to bring further light and discernment. At every meeting and time of prayer what has been clear is the commitment and passion that people have for their faith. People are stirred to speak and want to heard. Pope Francis invites all of us to speak with courage and the Holy Spirit and I feel in Hexham and Newcastle diocese this has really come to life.
As we move forward through this diocesan stage all reports are being collated. There is a commitment that every single submission will be read by a number of different people both clergy and laity. All of the submissions will be received in prayerful discernment and will inform the discernment that is taken forward by Bishop Robert for the growth and mission in our diocese. If you have contributed so far we ask for your prayers for this crucial next step. If you have somehow missed the conversation don’t worry, being a Synodal Church involves us all, every day walking together and finding the guidance of the Holy Spirit on the way- so you can still be a part of this vision.