As I wrote last week, I am standing to be a member of General Synod. Rather than doing a physical hustings, the Diocese of Winchester gave members of the Deanery Synods a chance to ask written questions to all the candidates. The responses from the candidates for the Houses of Laity and House of Clergy, in the Diocese of Winchester, for the 2015 General Synod Elections are below:
What do you see as the single greatest challenge the Church must face over the next 5 years, and how would you seek to address it?
As we seek to ‘re-imagine the Church’ what are the changes and developments you would hope to see?
How should the Church respond to the current refugee crisis?
A majority of the parishes in our Diocese are in rural and semi-rural areas. What is your understanding of the challenges of Rural Ministry and how would you seek to address them?
What are your hopes and prayers for the current programme of Shared Conversations around Human Sexuality?