Bishop Robert Tells Synod Of Shock And Tears Over Brexit

In an impassioned speech to the General Synod meeting in York Bishop Robert has been speaking about the effect of the Referendum vote for the UK to leave the European Union has had on the Diocese in Europe.

He spoke about the many church members in Brussels who are upset and anxious at the result. He offered an insight into the feelings of many British people across the diocese who are uncertain and nervous for the future.

He also took up a suggestion made by a Vicar in Cheshire suggesting twinning links with churches in the diocese.

You can hear his speech in full HERE

The Synod passed a resolution in the following form, on a motion moved by the Archbishop of Canterbury and incorporating an amendment moved by Mrs Enid Barron (London) (the text of which is shown in italics).  That this Synod, recognising the result of the recent referendum on the United Kingdom's membership of the European Union,

(a) welcomes the Archbishops' call for all to unite in the common task of building a generous and forward looking country, contributing to human flourishing around the world, and encourage all members of the Church of England to play their part actively in partnership with everyone in Civil Society in pursuit of this task;

(b) commend the work already carried out by the Church in bringing communities together and recommend that as a minimum every bishop identify a champion in their diocese to assess what more the Church could do and to make recommendations for creating stronger and more constructive links between local communities as a basis for achieving this common task.