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Synod: Road now clear for women bishops

Synod: Road now clear for women bishops

Women bishops: IT WAS a largely symbolic and somewhat archaic process, by which the Measure to enable women to be consecrated as bishops was formally incorporated into English Law on Monday afternoon

Synod: Anglican Communion: ‘flourishing but fragile’

Synod: Anglican Communion: ‘flourishing but fragile’

Presidential address: 'The Anglican Communion exists and is flourishing in roughly 165 countries, despite reports to the contrary'

Synod: Christians ‘abandoned, not defeated’

Synod: Christians ‘abandoned, not defeated’

Iraq and Syria: THE Synod spent Tuesday morning exploring violence against religious minorities in Iraq and Syria

Synod: Members tell stories of plight under ‘bedroom-tax’ rules

Synod: Members tell stories of plight under ‘bedroom-tax’ rules

Spare-room subsidy: THE General Synod carried a motion on Tuesday afternoon which expressed its concern over the reported impact of the spare-room subsidy

Synod: Duty to penitents and the vulnerable

Synod: Duty to penitents and the vulnerable

Clergy guidelines: THE seal of the confessional came under discussion when the General Synod debated the revised guidelines for clergy conduct from the Convocations of Canterbury and York 

Synod: Reconciliation of ministries back on Synod’s to-do list

Synod: Reconciliation of ministries back on Synod’s to-do list

Anglican-Methodist Covenant: A MOTION carried by the Synod on Tuesday afternoon endorsed the three recommendations made in the recent Anglican-Methodist report, and began to put them into effect

Synod: Care of churches

Care of churches: A brief take-note debate on Monday

Synod: PCCs and property

PCCs and property: The final drafting of the Draft Church of England Ecclesiastical Property Measure

Synod: Administering communion

Administering communion: THE Synod went on to revise Draft Amending Canon No. 35

Synod: Diocese in Europe

Diocese in Europe: THE Synod came next to the approval of the Draft Scheme Amending the Diocese in Europe Constitution 1995

Synod: Diocesan investments

Diocesan investments: ON TUESDAY afternoon, the Synod gave first consideration to the Draft Diocesan Stipends Funds (Amendment) Measure

Synod: Diocesan names

Diocesan names: THE Synod went on to discuss the naming of dioceses, but voting was close

Synod: Questions

Synod: Questions

Questions: LEGISLATION to fast-track women into the House of Lords may be introduced after the Christmas recess, the Archbishop of Canterbury told members of the General Synod

Synod: Farewell

Farewell: THE Archbishop of York, Dr Sentamu, paid tribute to the Rt Revd Martyn Wharton, who is retiring as Bishop of Newcastle

Synod gallery

Synod gallery

Photographs from General Synod, November 2014

Synod: Synod finds spirit of agreement about women

Synod: Synod finds spirit of agreement about women

Women bishops: THE issue of women bishops dominated the General Synod's sessions in York.

Synod: Case is made for relaxing rules on robing

Synod: Case is made for relaxing rules on robing

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). 

Synod: Ecumenical greeting

Synod: Ecumenical greeting

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.

Synod: Celebrating liberty and politics

Synod: Celebrating liberty and politics

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 God.

Synod: Collaboration urged for common good

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.

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