Women bishops: THE issue of women bishops
dominated the General Synod's sessions in York.
Vesture Canon: THE Synod has asked for draft
legislation to amend the canon on the vesture of the minister
during divine service, by carrying a private member's motion from
the Revd Christopher Hobbs (London).
Ecumenical greeting: DR IRMGARD
SCHWAETZER, who chairs the Synod of the Evangelische
Kirche in Deutschland (EKD, Evangelical Church in Germany), brought
a greeting on behalf of the ecumenical guests, as well as "cordial
greetings from the Council of the EKD, the Plenary Church
Conference, and the Presidium of the Synod.
Magna Carta: MOVING a Guildford diocesan-synod
motion about the 800th anniversary of the Magna Carta, Keith
Malcouronne, described the Archbishop of Canterbury Cardinal
Stephen Langton as both "gifted remarkably and used remarkably" by
Common good: CHURCHPEOPLE have been urged
by the General Synod to challenge political parties to "promote the
common good" in the next General Election. The Church is also being
encouraged to develop further its own efforts in this area.
Alternative baptism: FOR many people, "the
devil has been turned into a cartoon-like character of no
particular malevolence," the Bishop of Sodor & Man, the Rt
Revd Robert Paterson, said as he introduced the first consideration
debate on the Additional Texts for Holy Baptism.
Churches Conservation Trust: THE Bishop of
London, the Rt Revd Richard Chartres, introduced an order to
continue funding the Churches Conservation Trust (CCT) by £1.35
million a year, the same amount as the Church provided in
'The Uncommon Good': A PRESENTATION, "The
Uncommon Good", was given by the Revd Jim Wallis on Saturday
Safeguarding: THE Draft Safeguarding and Clergy
Discipline Measure and the Draft Amending Canon No. 34 received
their first consideration in the Synod on Friday afternoon.
Questions on sexuality: QUESTIONS about
human sexuality, same-sex marriage, and the splits in the Anglican
Communion made up just under one quarter the total Questions on
Forces covenants: ARMED-FORCES covenants
were the subject of a motion carried by the Synod on Monday
morning, with the aim of improving pastoral care of those currently
and formerly in the Forces.
Credit unions: THE proposed new Churches
Mutual Credit Union (CMCU) was the subject of a presentation by
Canon Antony MacRow-Wood, Team Rector of the Poole North Ecumenical
Team, who chairs the credit union's board; and Hilary Sams, the
chief executive designate of the new organisation.
Church Commissioners: THE Synod received a
presentation on the Church Commissioners' annual report. The First
Church Estates Commissioner, Andreas Whittam Smith, said that he
had "never felt so confident as I feel today", after 12 years in
post. During that time, the Commissioners had moved from
maintenance to growth.
Archbishops' Council: AN ELECTED member of
the Archbishops' Council, Canon Robert Cotton (Guildford),
presented the Council's annual report.
Budget: IT WAS a depleted chamber for Sunday
evening's debate on the Archbishops' Council budget, because a
number of members had deserted to watch the World Cup final.
Appointments: THE appointment of a future
Secretary General of the Archbishops' Council and Synod, and Clerk
to the Synod, will no longer have to wait until a Synod meeting to
be confirmed, after the Synod amended two of its standing
Clergy pensions: THE Synod gave final
approval to the Draft Church of England (Pensions) (Amendment)
Measure, having completed the revision stage without debate.
Synod property: THE revision stage of the
Draft Church of England (Ecclesiastical Property) Measure was
completed on Tuesday morning. The Draft Measure had received its
first consideration in November 2013.
Retirement housing: A PRESENTATION about
the review of CHARM (the Church's Housing Assistance for Retired
Clergy) was given on Monday.
PCC Rules: DEBATE on the approval of the
Church Representation Rules (Amendment) [(No. 1)] Resolution 2014,
which had been adjourned in February after the Resolution was
amended, resumed on Tuesday morning.