I feel quite high tech as I am here in the coffee lounge area in Synod, blogging hot from the event. An interesting day yesterday, I reached York and found the student flat I was booked into and ( finally) located two of the people I'd been given as names to contact - we are in the same student house. Went to some a question session in Central Hall from 9 until 10 last night, quite interesting, one question about ACNA from Chris Sugden ( AM) and some stuff about encouraging new ordinands and working in youth ministry through online resources.
I have met Susan Atkins from WATCH and we are invited to a WATCH lunch on Sunday. I spent some time talking to her and others about their preparations for next February and what they will and won't vote for in terms of the legislation on women bishops. Had a curry meal last night with Colin Coward (Changing Attitude) after helping out on their stand in the evening and met Bobby Egbele, a gay guy who is over from Nigeria and has just been given a two year visa to help out in inclusive work. He faces a lot of problems in Nigeria and has told me his story.
Colin Coward on right
Bobby Egbele above.
I've just spoken to a very interesting bloke involved in child protection in the Church and picked up some leaflets etc. I also stopped at a CPAS stand - I think it stands for Churches Pastoral Advice Society, an evangelical organisation looking at leadership development and pastoral / outreach work and had a conversation with the man there about the work they do.
We are meeting up again at 1pm, but for the time being I have a bit of spare time and, as you see, have managed to find this computer. I've bought a book from the bookstall, "The God you already know" - which was recommended to me. There is free tea, coffee and biscuits, the weather is lovely, so I may go and sit on the terrace area and watch the ducks, geese and swans. (Picture of black Swan with her cygnets)