So first things first clear my office....where to...home I suppose.
However in order to receive it all the other office, the one no one knows about...'The bat cave' if you will has to be clear to receive it all.
And of course because I was not ready to move I have found that I need to do something with the various piles of paper I store around the place. All those things where you think "that could be useful but I don't know where to put it" so it gets files in pile.
So there was only one thing for it. I put all the piles into one big pile in the middle of the floor hoping that the resultant mess would motivate me to sort it all. Going through it all I realised the useful was intermingled with stuff I wanted to hang on to.
This corner seemed interesting. There is a sermon I preached about calling the week before I went off to what Anglicans call a 'Selection Conference' which is a three day interview for wanna be vicars. There is a map of somewhere I used to live. There is the parish magazine from when I was a curate. Finally tucked in there is a post card from about 15 years ago that proved to be significant.
I found so much of my life, it was like a flash back in messy paper form.
And then in among the papers I found this which was given, in 2005, to all the newly appointed chaplains by the Archbishops' adviser for HE; the Revd Hugh Shilson-Thomas. This was put to synod and despite being opposed by the chair of UCCF, who is a synod representative for this diocese, it passed. I believe it passed unanimously in the house of Bishops.
Of course since then it has been ignored by a number of members of that house.