Lambeth Conference update

The photograph (ACNS / Sweeny) shows the CartoonChurch marketplace stand with two of my kind helpers helping. As you can see we made the most of the fact that the organisers had provided a basketball hoop. In order to cut out the slam-dunking bishop I trawled the entire conference for a pair of decent scissors….

lambeth conference marketplace stall

The photograph (ACNS / Sweeny) shows the CartoonChurch marketplace stand with two of my kind helpers helping. As you can see we made the most of the fact that the organisers had provided a basketball hoop.

In order to cut out the slam-dunking bishop I trawled the entire conference for a pair of decent scissors. In the end I ended up in the office of the Lambeth Secretariat, from whom I borrowed the official Lambeth Conference Scissors. I can reveal (and Scott, this is an EXCLUSIVE) that although the official Conference Scissors look impressive they are blunt, and in the end I discovered (having cut out the entire bishop) that my idea three-for-a-pound scissors were better. The people in the Lambeth Secretariat were very friendly though and it was a pleasure to meet them.

Today I have not been in the tent as the wind has been blowing furiously and I do not feel that my tent is safe (I am being serious). It is a very good tent, but the people putting it up did a poor job of the installation and the whole thing is only secured by four pegs. I tried to find some extra pegs, but I could not really afford to run around for half the day looking for them.

Yesterday I arrived at the tent to find that my folding chair had been stolen in the night. In return I had been left a red ASB Holy Communion book. An utter mystery.

By the way, yesterday’s BBC film crew were filming for the BBC News Channel (formerly BBC News 24). Unfortunately there is no ‘watch again’ for most of the output of the news channel, so unless you were watching at that time you will, like me, have missed it. They were to film again today, but I spoke to them earlier and it has been decided that there is no story, so they have left.

Today I talked to William Crawley from BBC Northern Ireland. He wrote about me here yesterday. We recorded a short interview for his Sunday show in the lobby of the prayer centre, but people kept on coming into the building to use the facilities (of one kind or another) meaning that we had to stop and start to avoid the sound of electric doors and hand driers. I was not very confident so will probably come across poorly.

Other people writing kind things about me: Episcopal Life and BBC Kent.

My cartoons from the conference are appearing on the Lambeth Daily, here. As you will have noticed my cartoons have not been daily. This is owing to various factors.

For proper news about what is going on see the Church Times Blog. I have added quite a lot of entries today, most of them by other people.

Finally, please forgive the following things:

  • The self promotional nature of this and in fact many of my posts.
  • The fact that I am not remotely keeping up with e-mail at the moment.