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Full Steam Ahead For Synod

Delegates are heading for Cologne (or Koln) for the four day Diocesan Synod which begins on Monday 11 June. (Pictured above is a river cruise on the Rhine in the German city during an evening trip at last year´s event)

As well as the two bishops, archdeacons and other senior clergy there are 14 other clergy and 20 lay representatives. This will be the final time this Synod will meet as elections are due during the Summer and Autumn to elect new members for the coming three years.

Major topics on the agenda will include a keynote address from Dr Keith Clements, a former General Secretary of the Conference of European Churches who will speak about “Religion in Europe”.   The daily Bible Studies will be led by Rt Rev Donald Allister, Bishop of Peterborough.

Members will receive reports about the progress of legal changes affecting the status and funding of the Diocese, and a review of the Communications challenges faced by being the least known of the 44 dioceses of the Church of England.

Money and stewardship will be under the spotlight when Canon Mel Smith, a priest in Majorca, will share his experience and research and offer some useful practical suggestions.

Safeguarding and the need for the Diocese and its churches to protect children and vulnerable adults also features with an explanatory session outlining a new policy to help local churches comply with the law and be welcome and secure.

Look out for regular updates on this site each day with news and pictures from this important event.

After it concludes on Friday morning, dozens of Readers will be arriving in Cologne for the first ever conference of Readers in the diocese.