Poppy’s admirers will be interested to know that she has now arrived in Belfast for the pre-Lambeth hospitality programme. Having just been to Donegal, she’s a bit jet-lagged and noisy. But she gets a lot of attention from Anna and her friends and will settle down here comfortably until August.
The pre-Lambeth publicity – and the reports of the Church of England Synod – mean that friends I have met these past few days want to know more about what lies behind the reports. They work in situations where any kind of discrimination in the workplace on grounds of gender, sexuality or anything else would be regarded as unthinkable. They want to know why the church is different and why it finds these issues so difficult.