The Assembly Review Group met on Wednesday 22nd July by video-conferencing and carefully considered review documents from Wessex Synod, a reflection by their Synod Moderator, the Revd Clare Downing, and references sought from people in the wider church who have worked with Clare during her current term. The Synod documents comprised a description of the review process conducted within the Synod, a summary of the feedback resulting from this, and the report of the Synod Review Panel subsequent to their meeting with Clare.
On the same day the Assembly Review Group met first with the Synod Review Panel, and then with Clare Downing, to discuss the documents they had provided and to examine carefully points arising in these.
The Assembly Review Group discerns an ongoing call from God to Clare to be the Wessex Synod Moderator and unanimously concurs with the Synod recommendation that she be re-appointed to serve a further term as Synod Moderator until her retirement on 31 August 2026.
This recommendation will now be brought by the Nominations Committee to November’s Mission Council, which will be asked to confirm it as a decision of the Church.