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‘These are our neighbours’

‘These are our neighbours’

THE Synod held an emergency debate on the migrant crisis

Presidential address

Presidential address

THEOLOGY was at the heart of today’s global conflict with extremism, which had been described as the Third World War, the Archbishop of Canterbury told the General Synod

Global warming

THE Archbishop of York, Dr Sentamu, wearing a sulu, the Fiji national dress for men, and his wife, Margaret, gave a presentation on climate change after their visit to Samoa, Fiji, and Tonga

Challenges for the smaller churches

Challenges for the smaller churches

A DEBATE on a report by the Church Buildings Review Group was the first time the Synod had to address the issue, the Bishop of Manchester, Dr David Walker, said as he chaired the debate

Loyal address

“HER MAJESTY has attended every inauguration of the Synod — that’s ten — and has done so on every occasion with patience and support for the Church,” the Archbishop of Canterbury said at the start of business on Wednesday, as he moved that the Synod do present a Loyal Address

Inauguration

Inauguration

THE trumpeters of the Band of the Household Cavalry, resplendent in gold brocade, produced a stir as they trod heavily past pews of journalists, who were awaiting the arrival of the “ER” emblazoned on their chests

‘Wonderful, radical things’ happening

‘Wonderful, radical things’ happening

A SERIES of presentations was given on Tuesday afternoon, when the people leading different aspects of the Reform and Renewal programme outlined the changes being proposed in their area

Perceptions of Jesus

THE Synod received a presentationon the report Talking Jesus: Perceptions of Jesus, Christians and evangelism in England, on Wednesday morning

Legal fees

THE draft Ecclesiastical Judges, Legal Officers and Others (Fees) Order 2015 was approved by the Synod after a short debate

Farewell

Farewell

THE Archbishop of Canterbury bade farewell on behalf of the Synod to its retiring Secretary General, William Fittall

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

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