Synod Elections 2010

13 09 2010

For anybody who wasn’t satisfied by the thrill of the General Election earlier this year, do not panic! The Church of England is ready to top up your annual measure of electoral goodness.

The General Synod (the Church’s Parliament) is having elections this autumn and I’m standing to represent the Manchester Diocese in the House of Laity. Manchester has a great tradition of sending heavyweight members to General Synod, and I would like to add to that by providing a fresh perspective on the issues being faced by the national church.

You can read my Synod Election Address here, or e-mail me: james@jamestownsend.org with any questions you may have.

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Sex on the brain

7 12 2009

There was quite a bit of fuss over the weekend, about the election of a new Episcopalian bishop in the States. Mary Glasspool is a lesbian, in a long-term relationship with her partner, and consequently her election has stirred up the whole issue of homosexuality again. Read the rest of this entry »





Today’s Youth Must Find A Voice

30 11 2009

The Church of England may not seem like an institution that is very good at listening, but it is ready to listen to young people, and we need to find a voice.

For well over a decade, the Church of England has been struggling with profoundly difficult, but ultimately internal, issues. Finding a new role for women’s ministry in the church, as well as a vicious debate over homosexuality, Read the rest of this entry »





Counting Down

28 10 2009

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Tony Blair is to become the first President of the European Union. At least, that’s what we’re told by people who claim to know these things. Equally, other people, who curiously also claim to know these things, insist that Tony Blair could not possibly become the first President of the European Union. Read the rest of this entry »





Being Ordinary

18 10 2009

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Moving to a new city is probably one of the most exciting things a twenty-two year old can do. The financial burden is relatively insignificant, and there are a thousand and one new things to experience and explore. Consequently, I must offer an apology to regular listeners, if any, who have missed these letters in recent weeks. It turns out I cannot promise to produce every week, but I hope you will excuse me when I fail. Read the rest of this entry »





Dreaming Dreams

30 08 2009

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I have never met Winnie the Pooh. However, I have met somebody who once met Christopher Robin, a close companion of Winnie the Pooh. Consequently I often tell people that when they are shaking my hand, they are shaking a hand that has shaken a hand that has shaken the hand that once held the paw of Winnie the Pooh. Unfortunately nobody ever seems to get quite as excited as me when I tell them. Read the rest of this entry »





Opening Doors

20 08 2009

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The second week of August is generally regarded to be the highpoint of what has come to be known as the ‘silly season’. That is the period of a several weeks when all the newsmakers – the politicians, the criminals, the celebrities, the actors, the protesters, the campaigners, the fellows at the national office of statistics – and, of course, those of us who consume the news: all of us are on holiday. Consequently there is precious little news to be found. Read the rest of this entry »