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Benefits sanctions condemned as disproportionate

Benefits sanctions condemned as disproportionate

THE General Synod has urged the Government to act on the recommendations of the report Feeding Britain, concerning benefits sanctions, and to review the impact and efficacy of the sanctions regime

Joint Columba Declaration with Kirk approved

Joint Columba Declaration with Kirk approved

THE business of relations with the Church of Scotland got a bumpy ride in debate, but was passed by a comfortable majority after an amendment was carried

Evangelism is not an add-on, says Welby

Evangelism is not an add-on, says Welby

THE Archbishop of Canterbury introduced a presentation from the Archbishops’ Task Group on Evangelism on Tuesday morning. The Archbishop of York was not present as he was on sabbatical, undertaking a walking pilgrimage around the diocese of York

Renewing Ministerial Education

Renewing Ministerial Education

THE General Synod devoted most of Wednesday afternoon to debating the Renewing Ministerial Education (RME) strand of the Renewal and Reform process

Vision wanted, not box-ticking

Vision wanted, not box-ticking

THE SYNOD debated the report Renewal and Reform: Resourcing the future on Wednesday afternoon

Take risks, and work out strategy, Synod urged

Take risks, and work out strategy, Synod urged

A PRESENTATION on the progress of the Renewal and Reform agenda was introduced by John Spence (Archbishops’ Council)

Vergers, and heating — optional extras?

Vergers, and heating — optional extras?

MOTIONS on funeral and wedding fees, proposing that costs of vergers and heating be included in the prescribed fees payable to PCCs, had come to the agenda from the diocese of Worcester for Tuesday afternoon

Mission and Pastoral Measure

Mission and Pastoral Measure

THE Draft Mission and Pastoral etc. (Amendment) Measure received its first consideration in a debate on Monday afternoon, opened by the Bishop of Willesden, the Rt Revd Pete Broadbent (London)

‘A space created for conversation’

‘A space created for conversation’

WHEN the General Synod meets in July in York, much of the time will be taken up by Shared Conversations on human sexuality; and, on Monday afternoon, Synod members received a detailed presentation from David Porter, the Archbishop of Canterbury’s Director for Reconciliation, and Sandra Cobbin, who runs the Transforming Church Conflict course for Bridge Builders. The two are facilitators of the Shared Conversations

Faster, and less complicated processes approved

Faster, and less complicated processes approved

ONE of the proposals to emerge from the simplification process was a proposal for an Enabling Measure that would give the General Synod power to amend primary legislation, such as Measures, through the use of secondary legislation, such as Orders and Regulations

‘An issue close to our hearts’

PARISHES are being encouraged by the General Synod to promote blood and organ donation

Synod news in brief

Same-sex marriage in military chapels; the Clergy Discipline Measure; Dioceses Commission in “transition year”

‘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

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