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Monday, 30 September 2013

Grill-a-bishop at Nordic/Baltic synod

The Most Revd Helga Byfuglien, Presiding Bishop of the Church of Norway
Area Dean Barbara Moss has a creative approach to deanery synod programme design. At the recent Nordic/Baltic synod she invited the clergy and lay representatives to a grill-a-bishop session. It was actually grill two bishops, as the Presiding Bishop of the Church of Norway, the Most Revd Helga Byfuglien, and I were invited jointly to answer questions posed to us.

They were questions which enabled us to compare and contrast approaches in the Church of Norway and the Church of England with regard to such matters as evangelism, secularisation in Europe, Confirmation, women in the episcopate, Church-State relations, and the role and ministry of bishops in general.

The Church of Norway and the Church of England are in communion, thanks to the Porvoo Agreement. That does not mean that the Churches are alike in all aspects of our life and there is much to learn from each other.

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