So how was the meeting on the 19th January? In short, despite the snow and the cold, we had a good turn-out at Deal. Deal as on previous occasions, provided a warm and hospitable welcome, especially with their tea and biscuits. In addition, I personally managed to buy two jars of their fine marmalade, which I heartily recommend!
Our guest speaker was Dr Lindsay Newcombe, who not only is the chair within the House of Laity for the Anglo-Catholic group, but holds a PhD in Mechanical Engineering and has small children to keep her busy, when she isn't working full-time.
Dr Lindsay Newcombe started off her talk by asking those present how we felt about things following recent events in General Synod - in particular the voting in the House of Laity. Of course people were surprised that it went the way it did. Dr Newcombe said that she thought that the subsequent intervention by the House of Commons was a good thing as it meant that the matters would have to be put before this Synod and not left for another synod to discuss. From her position within the House of Laity, she saw how many who were in favour of female bishops were reluctant to pass the measure as it clearly didn't grant those who stand against it, for theological reasons, a just, fair and reasonable solution. It now gives us traditionalists the chance to be heard and potentially fine tune a measure which would be what we need rather that what we are told we need!
Dr Lindsay Newcombe's positive comprehension and depth to this complex area was warmly welcomed and many questions were asked of her. What were these questions? In summary the fight isn't over and our letters to members of synod did make a huge impact, where we highlighted in intelligent argument that the measure for the traditionalists was not fit for purpose.
Fr Michael thanked Dr Lindsay Newcombe for the talk, and for making the effort of coming all the way from London in the snow. We hope very much to see Dr Newcombe once more, particularly as she was so informative and genuinely enthusiastic about the progress that is being made for our cause.