Synod Moderator

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Paul WhittleThe roles of the Moderator are many and varied.  Together with the Synod Pastoral Committee I, in a range of ways, offer support and care to ministers and churches and, though the diary is sometimes challenging, try to be available to respond to the needs of both.  I see many good things happening across Eastern Synod and enjoy the challenge of offering a small measure of support to the very many good things that are happening ‘on the ground’.

Together with colleagues who serve as Moderators in the other twelve Synods I have a particular role of introducing prospective ministers and prospective pastorates to each other.  At this point this time we are hosting the URC ministerial vacancies’ Profiles pages which can be accessed by the menu to the right of this page.

If you would like to see something more of my reflections and musings,
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Moderator's Address to Synod

Download: Water Lane Bishops Stortford United Reformed Church - 18th March 2017

Download: Stowmarket United Reformed Church - 8th October 2016

Download: Christ Church Braintree - 14th March 2015 - Re-Envisioning The Synod

Download: St John's United Reformed Church Ipswich - 16th March 2013

Download: St Ives Free Church - 20th October 2012

Download: Braintree United Reformed Church - 17th March 2012

Download: Stowmarket United Reformed Church - 15th October 2011


Global Partnerships

Visiting the Diocese of Vellore - February 2015

Paul at Gnanodyam 3Vellore itself is a large city, with a population approaching 180,000, but set in a wider area that, though with a number of large urban centres, is quite rural. I was asked to lead a group visiting Vellore with a particular emphasis on links between schools.  The Cambridgeshire RE syllabus has a unit on Vellore with reference to life, and especially to the church there.  Our group of eighteen included eight teachers, three others with school links, three clergy and sundry others.  Four of the group had been on a number of church visits to the Diocese but, with one exception, for the rest of us, it was certainly our first visit to that area and, I think in all cases, to India at all.

When you read or hear about India, you get the feeling that going there will be something of an assault on the senses.  I certainly found that to be true.

Download: Visiting the Diocese of Vellore Paul's Report and Pictures


Eastern Synod Welcomes Zimbabwe Visitors October 2014

Belonging to the World Church Partnership with the Zimbabwe Presbytery of the Uniting Presbyterian Church of Southern Africa. 

It was over all too quickly!  What a delight to welcome six visitors from the zimbabwe-visitors-at-st-ivePresbytery of Zimbabwe from October 2nd to 13th 2014.  Inevitably there was not enough time, but we managed to see a fair bit and give them some feeling for life in the Synod with its mix of urban centres and rural communities.  Visits included St. Ives, where we saw the community café and fair trade shop as well as hearing about the life of the church, St. Neot's, where we were able to compare the challenges and possibilities of a high street location with the pioneering opportunities of the Love's Farm estate, Ipswich, where we met an interestingly varied bunch of church leaders and heard something of Tim Yau's Fresh Expressions work, Cambourne, where we heard about the achievements of ecumenical working in a relatively new community, and Long Melford, where we discovered something of the rural context that embraces many of the churches in the Synod.

The visit was arranged jointly with the Greenock & Paisley Presbytery of the Church of Scotland which also has a partnership with Zimbabwe, and the group will travel on to Glasgow for the second half of their visit.

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Download: Visitors from Zimbabwe Reoprt


Paul Back in Zimbabwe December 2013

20121213Mhondoro-010December 2013 saw my fourth trip to Zimbabwe as part of the link between the Presbytery of Zimbabwe within the Uniting Presbyterian Church of Southern Africa and the Eastern Synod of the United Reformed Church.It was good to be back. This particular visit was brief – just seven days, including those of arrival and departure – and included four main elements: conversation with the Presbytery's Ecumenical Relations Committee, about the continuing development of our link and, in particular, the possibility of the visit of a delegation from Zimbabwe during 2014; preaching at the Sunday service and visiting the congregation at Budiriro (twinned with Christ Church, Rayleigh); visiting the church and meeting the Elders at Mbare (twinned with Epping URC and St. Martin's Church of Scotland, Port Glasgow); and doing a little Bible teaching at the Kuwadzana Christian Training Centre.

Download: Back in Zimbabwe Paul's Artilce and Picutures


Advent In Zimbabwe

Revd Paul Whittle visited Zimbabwe in December 2012

Download: Report

Belonging to the World Church

The world global partner for Eastern Synod is the Uniting Presbyterian Church of South Africa, Presbytery of Zimbabwe.  At present three Churches in the Synod have formed links with churches in Zimbabwe.

Download: Linda Mead's article

Glimpses of Zimbabwe

Revd Paul Whittle visited Zimbabwe in March 2010 

Download: Report

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