There are usually three Synod meetings a year held over several days in Church House (Westminster) or York University. Several of us have attended and experienced them as highly managed pieces of theatre. Questions seem to be vetoed by the Secretariat and pre-answered before being debated in chamber.
But it’s possible for Synod members to break through the controlling matrix and speak as advocates of change on our behalf. Survivors have worked closely with a handful of Synod members to keep Synod properly informed and able to challenge the hierarchy.
In recent years, in a good move by the Church of England, survivors have been invited to speak.
The entries below are listed in chronological order, to follow the timeline from the first correspondence (top) to last correspondence (bottom).