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An end to the nail-biting?

An end to the nail-biting?

THE General Synod restarted the legislative process for women bishops on Wednesday afternon, after spending the morning in a debate on the steering committee's report. The committee's proposals are a package that includes not only legislation, but a declaration to be made by the House of Bishops.

Presidential address

Presidential address

THE Archbishop of York, Dr Sentamu, used his presidential address to deliver a lengthy critique of contemporary poverty in the UK, and speak of the growing numbers of working people impoverished by wages that had failed to keep up with the rising cost of living.

Canterbury reports

The Archbishop of Canterbury gave a presentation outlining his work since the previous Synod meeting

Passing the baton on to the next generation

Passing the baton on to the next generation

THE General Synod debated the report Challenges for the Quinquennium: Intentional evangelism on Monday afternoon, and supported the formation of an Archbishops' Task Group on Evangelism.

Schools to boost ‘spiritual and numerical growth’

Schools to boost ‘spiritual and numerical growth’

CHURCH OF ENGLAND schools perform on average, better in OFSTED ratings than their community-school equivalents, the Bishop of Oxford, the Rt Revd John Pritchard, who chairs the Board of Education, said in a speech introducing a debate on the Board's report The Church School of the Future.

Simplifying the faculty system

Simplifying the faculty system

CHANGES to the faculty system, in the form of the Draft Care of Churches and Ecclesiastical Jurisdiction (Amendment) Measure, received first consideration by the Synod on Tuesday morning.

Diocesan names

THE Synod has requested legislation to enable a diocese to be named after a "geographical area" as well as a city or town.

Synod resists electoral reform

Synod resists electoral reform

A MOVE to change the electorate (currently lay deanery-synod members) for the Houses of Laity of the diocesan synods and the General Synod was rejected by the General Synod on Wednesday. But it did pursue recommendations for online elections and nominations by email.

Synodical review

THE General Synod decided not to set up a review of its own workings.

PCCs could be allowed by law to hold property

FIRST consideration was given on Tuesday afternoon to the Draft Church of England (Ecclesiastical Property) Measure. 

Miscellaneous

Miscellaneous

WORK on the Draft Church of England (Miscellaneous Provisions) Measure and Draft Amending Canon No. 31 was concluded on Monday, when final drafting took place, final approval was given, unopposed, and the Synod voted that the petition for the royal assent and licence be adopted.

Farewells

FAREWELL tributes from the Secretary-General, William Fittall, were "reserved for people who are hors concours, people who stand outside our normal categories, unique, unrivalled, without equal".

Pilling report

RESPONDING to questions from Synod members, the Archbishop of Canterbury said that the report by the group chaired by Sir Joseph Pilling, which was looking at policy in the area of human sexuality, would be published "soon".

Synod gallery

Synod gallery

Photographs from General Synod. Photographer: Geoff Crawford

Synod gives new steer on women bishops

Synod gives new steer on women bishops

Women bishops: THE General Synod has "reaffirmed its commitment to admitting women to the episcopate as a matter of urgency", and has agreed to set a legislative process in train again, on the basis of Option One, as proposed by the House of Bishops.

Hear the sexual revolution, says Welby

Hear the sexual revolution, says Welby

Presidential address: "Attitudes to hierarchy and authority have changed, and continue to change; there's nothing new in that. And, the more they do, the more we are perceived, often wrongly - but genuinely - to say one thing, about grace, community and inclusion, and do another."

Synod listens to reproaches from child-abuse survivors

Synod listens to reproaches from child-abuse survivors

Safeguarding: THE General Synod, on Sunday afternoon, apologised on behalf of the Church of England to victims of abuse for the failure of its systems to prevent abuse, and for its failure to listen to them properly.

Bishop Angaelos

Bishop Angaelos

BISHOP ANGAELOS of the Council of Oriental Orthodox Churches in the UK addressed the General Synod on Tuesday morning on the dedication of three days of prayer for Egypt. He expressed his thanks for the opportunity to address the Synod. He had been explaining to some friends...

Man held after Minster violence

Man held after Minster violence

Minster service: A MAN was arrested after two people were assaulted in York Minster on Sunday at the start of the sung eucharist attended by members of the General Synod.

Motion reminds Government of bias to the poor

Motion reminds Government of bias to the poor

Welfare reform: THE Government's welfare reforms were the topic of a debate on Sunday evening. The Synod expressed concerns about their impact and the use of the word "scroungers", but declined the opportunity to condemn the reforms as based on ideology rather than sound financial policy.

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