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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.

Synod: Plainer words for use at christenings

Synod: Plainer words for use at christenings

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.

Synod: Churches Conservation Trust

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 2001. 

Synod: ‘Uncommon good’

Synod: ‘Uncommon good’

'The Uncommon Good': A PRESENTATION, "The Uncommon Good", was given by the Revd Jim Wallis on Saturday afternoon.

Synod: A change in church culture

Synod: A change in church culture

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.

Synod: Questions on sexuality

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 Friday evening. 

Synod: More pastoral care for Forces

Synod: More pastoral care for Forces

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. 

Synod: Credit unions

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.

Synod: Church Commissioners

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.

Synod: Archbishops’ Council

Synod: Archbishops’ Council

Archbishops' Council: AN ELECTED member of the Archbishops' Council, Canon Robert Cotton (Guildford), presented the Council's annual report. 

Synod: Budget

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.

Synod: Appointments

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 orders.

Synod: Clergy pensions

Clergy pensions: THE Synod gave final approval to the Draft Church of England (Pensions) (Amendment) Measure, having completed the revision stage without debate.

Synod: Diocesan powers over parishes’ property debated

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.

Synod: New scheme for pensioners

Synod: New scheme for pensioners

Retirement housing: A PRESENTATION about the review of CHARM (the Church's Housing Assistance for Retired Clergy) was given on Monday. 

Synod: PCC rules

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.

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