Summing up the weekend: 6 March

Version 3People from SAME were speaking on national and local radio (description / links) on Sunday 5th March. All of this followed on from a set of three new SAME Opinion pieces on Saturday 4th March. This arose after significant activity we reported on from the Diocese of Sheffield on Thursday 2nd March and from elsewhere on Friday 3rd March.

Radio 4
The report on BBC Radio 4’s Sunday programme (description and links) included people who have contributed here: Ali Dorey and Sue Hammersley.

Radio Sheffield and Radio Lancashire
BBC Radio Sheffield also featured Ali Dorey in one of 5 segments (description and links) on the topic. Jeremy Clines who responded to the Blackburn letter here spoke to BBC Radio Lancashire too (description and links).

News and Blog items
The weekend has seen a set of interesting additions of comment from Sheffield and beyond. In Sheffield we published comment on: Sheffield Clergy Mutually Flourishing; a Response to the Blackburn Letter; The Nomination is Unsafe and What’s At Stake Here.

A vital contribution on the Sheffield situation has been made from WATCH (Women and the Church): Looking for Balance (5 March).

Two striking blogs this weekend speaking about Sheffield were:
on the knotty problem for Sheffield from Andrew Lightbown (4 March)
and a vulnerable and open CofE Catholic perspective from Liverpool on Sheffield about being in communion, by Richard Peers (5 March).

Opinion appeared in the Yorkshire Post from: a letter Malcolm Grundy who served in Sheffield, his item included refreshing perspectives on membership of the Society and Charles Gore (5 March); a letter from Eleanor Lloyd from Sheffield brought a little levity to the discussion, when she adds:

Please note, we are not asking to be told about the five principles and the mutual flourishing, or the five fiddlesticks and the mutual twerking, or the five anything and the mutual whatever [full letter].

The Yorkshire Post also carried a piece from Arun Arora on being a broad church (5 March). Arun also wrote for the Telegraph about the letter from Blackburn (5 March), quite differently to our response.