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Cutting red tape to the quick

Cutting red tape to the quick

THE General Synod has welcomed the proposals in the report Simplification

Who will be villages’ ‘parson’?

Who will be villages’ ‘parson’?

THE General Synod took note of a report from the Mission and Public Affairs Council, Mission and Growth in Rural Multi-Parish Benefices

Task groups only the means to an end, says Archbishop

Task groups only the means to an end, says Archbishop

The Archbishop of Canterbury used his Presidential Address to issue a call to evangelism

Bishops’ discretion and lay officers’ discipline discussed

Bishops’ discretion and lay officers’ discipline discussed

THE draft Safeguarding and Clergy Discipline Measure, with draft Amending Canon No. 34, is designed to improve the C of E's ability to prevent and respond to allegations of the abuse of children and vulnerable adults

Minds aren’t closed, Synod is assured

Minds aren’t closed, Synod is assured

A PRESENTATION about the group work and debates on Wednesday was given on Tuesday afternoon

Immersed

Immersed

The new Bishop of Stockport, the Rt Revd Libby Lane, was among the participant women observers in the House of Bishops who, on Tuesday, presented a report on an "immersion experience" in India

Cautious welcome for changes to future ministry

Cautious welcome for changes to future ministry

THE Synod has broadly welcomed proposals in the two reports Resourcing the Future and Resourcing Ministerial Education, but will wish to give decisions by the Archbishops' Council and House of Bishops more detailed scrutiny before their implementation. Introducing the debate,...

Dedicated followers of Christ

Dedicated followers of Christ

THE General Synod has invited the House of Bishops to prepare a new Revised Catechism. It was carrying a motion commending the "Ten Marks for Developing Discipleship" from the report Developing Discipleship

Funds to cope with the crisis

Funds to cope with the crisis

THE General Synod agreed on Wednesday afternoon that the Church Commissioners should look into releasing additional funds in the short term to boost mission in the long term

Synod agrees to revise disregarded suicide canon

Introducing the debate, Canon Parsons said that the motion was not about assisted suicide, despite the Mail on Sunday headline "Church to legalise suicide"

Church in Iraq

Church in Iraq

THE Chaldean Archbishop of Erbil, the Rt Revd Bashar Warda, addressed the Synod on Tuesday, asking for prayer and financial aid for the Christians fleeing violence in his country

Alternative to sees rejected

THE Draft Naming of Dioceses Measure came to the Synod for revision, and was voted down in the House of Clergy

Better the devil you don’t know

Better the devil you don’t know

THE alternative baptism texts returned to the Synod for their report and revision stage on Thursday afternoon

In brief

CANON Sue Booys (Oxford), who chairs the Business Committee, moved the approval of the recommendations for seat allocation in the General Synod elections later in the year

Farewell

Farewell

"We speak of bishops being much loved and respected, but in Tim's case in Leicester that is an inadequate way to describe the affection in which he is held"

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 

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Wed 27 May 15 @ 8:06
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Tue 26 May 15 @ 11:48
NEW:Is CofE near "endgame" of divisions over sexuality? We interview @traceybyrne1964 of @LGCM http://t.co/QSwyV6plm9 http://t.co/q0RQtDo9sR