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General Synod

Dissolution of the Convocations

FINALLY, there was “a little bit of constitutional work”, the Archbishop of Canterbury said. . .

Appointment

THE Archbishop of Canterbury moved a debate on the appointment of Matthew Frost, the chief executive of Tearfund, to the Archbishops’ Council

Synodical elections

THE Synod approved a “small but necessary” piece of legislation, the Single Transferable Vote (Amendment) Regulations 2015

Farewell

Farewell

THE Archbishop of Canterbury led the farewell to the retired Bishop of Gloucester, the Rt Revd Michael Perham, who was sitting in the Synod chamber

Diocesan funds

THE Draft Diocesan Funds (Amendment) Measure completed its revision stage and received final approval

Parochial property transactions

THE Synod agreed to allow parishes to undertake property transactions below a certain level without needing diocesan approval

‘Bigger vision’ for education

THE Chief Education Officer, the Revd Nigel Genders, standing in for the Bishop of Ely, who was ill, recounted a visit he had made to a church school

Archbishops’ Council

Archbishops’ Council

THERE was a presentation about the Archbishops’ Council’s annual report, followed by questions and answers, on Saturday evening

Church urged to plan for the long term

Church urged to plan for the long term

WHEN the Dioceses Commission was considering the future of Wakefield, Bradford, and Ripon & Leeds dioceses the Wakefield diocesan synod carried a motion calling for a "theologically informed national debate" about the organisational shape of the C of E

Standing orders

A MOVE to a default position of circulating documents electronically would save the Church the cost of staff time, printing, and postage, Canon Sue Booys (Oxford), who chairs the Business Committee, told the Synod in a debate on its report

‘Good year’: return of 14.4 per cent

THE Third Church Estates Commissioner, Andrew Mackie, introduced the Church Commissioners’ annual report for 2014

EIAG clarifies its position

EIAG clarifies its position

JAMES FEATHERBY, who chairs the Ethical Investment Advisory Group (EIAG), delivered a presentation on its policy-development process, key recommendations, and the debate about disinvestment and engagement

Swedish Church

Swedish Church

THE 500th anniversary of the Reformation will be commemorated in a joint event hosted by the Lutheran World Federation and the Roman Catholic Church, the Archbishop of Uppsala, in the Church of Sweden, told the General Synod on Friday

World Council of Churches' on Faith and Order

A REPORT from the World Council of Churches’ Commission on Faith and Order (WCC), The Church: Towards a common vision, was commended to the whole Church after a debate on Saturday afternoon

Presidential address

Presidential address

THE Archbishop of York, Dr Sentamu, used his presidential address to echo St Paul’s exhortation to Timothy to "guard the truth that has been entrusted to him"

Simpler christenings agreed

Simpler christenings agreed

FINAL APPROVAL was given on Sunday afternoon to the Additional Texts for Holy Baptism in Accessible Language

Baptised children may administer holy communion

Baptised children may administer holy communion

NEW regulations that make it possible for authorisation to be given to any "regular communicant", including baptised but unconfirmed children, to administer communion, were passed by the Synod in a two-stage process

Synod legislates for safer churches

Synod legislates for safer churches

THE final legislative stages of the Draft Safeguarding and Clergy Discipline Measure and Draft Amending Canon No. 34, which are designed to strengthen the C of E’s safeguarding procedures, began with taking note of a report by the steering committee

Terms of service

THE Bishop of Willesden, the Rt Revd Peter Broadbent (Southern Suffragans), introduced a debate on the Draft Ecclesiastical Offices (Terms or Service) (Amendment) Regulations 2015

Statistics on BAME priests in senior posts are ‘shocking’

Statistics on BAME priests in senior posts are ‘shocking’

A WORSENING shortage of black and minority-ethnic (BAME) people in senior positions in the C of E was the topic of a presentation by the Committee for Minority Ethnic Anglican Concerns (CMEAC) on Sunday afternoon

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