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Bishops apologise for tone of sexuality report

A PRESENTATION preceded the debate on the House of Bishops’ report Marriage and Same-sex Relationships after the Shared Conversations

Clergy consign bishops’ report to the bin

Clergy consign bishops’ report to the bin

THE General Synod debated the House of Bishops’ report Marriage and Same-sex Relationships after the Shared Conversations on Wednesday afternoon, but did not take note of it

Members are united against machines that take £70 million a week

CONCERN about the dangers of gambling was expressed by the Synod on Wednesday morning when it amended and carried a London diocesan motion about fixed-odds betting terminals, which sought a reduction of the maximum stake allowed

'Cumbersome' and 'complex' banns are to stay

A MOTION noting “the growing complexity of the legal requirements imposed on members of the clergy who conduct weddings” and seeking the replacement of the current system with “universal civil preliminaries” on the model of the Scottish post-1977 system was rejected by the General Synod on Tuesday morning

Synod approves introduction of clergy risk assessements

Synod approves introduction of clergy risk assessements

THE Safeguarding (Clergy Risk Assessment) Regulations 2016 were approved on Tuesday afternoon

Lay people ‘need confidence’ to thrive

INTRODUCING a debate on a motion to follow up Setting God’s People Free, the report from an Archbishops’ Council’s Lay Leadership Task Group, Mark Russell (Sheffield), said that the heart of the report was “a critical question”: “How will we do even more to help the 98 per cent of the Church of England who are not ordained?”

The day of disrobing comes closer

AMENDMENTS to the canons relating to clergy vesture during the time of divine service, and to the funerals of those who have taken their own lives, completed their revision stage on Wednesday morning

Going on after 70: the pleasures and pitfalls

Going on after 70: the pleasures and pitfalls

REGULATIONS under the Ecclesiastical Offices (Terms of Service) Measure 2009 were amended and approved by the Synod. The new Regulations, which takes the form of a Statutory Instrument, will expand the range of posts under Common Tenure where clergy can be allowed, in certain circumstances, to continue to serve beyond the age of 70

Farewells to First Church Estates Commissioner and Bishop of London

Farewells to First Church Estates Commissioner and Bishop of London

PAYING tribute to the First Church Estates Commissioner, Sir Andreas Whittam Smith, who is retiring in June after 15 years in office, the Archbishop of York, Dr Sentamu, said that he was one of the sons and daughters of the clergy who had made a big impact on the life of the nation

Pensions regulations approved

THE Church of England Pensions (Amendment) Regulations 2017 were approved

Mission and Pastoral

THE final drafting and final approval of the Draft Mission and Pastoral Etc (Amendment) Measure were introduced by the Bishop of Willesden, the Rt Revd Pete Broadbent (Southern Suffragans), who chairs the steering committee. He said that the steering committee had proposed only drafting amendments

‘Be part of the answer’

‘Be part of the answer’

Read the full text of the Archbishop of Canterbury's presidential address

Sex and marriage dominate questions

SEXUALITY and marriage dominated the first round of questions to the House of Bishops at the General Synod on Monday night. But concerns were also raised over community integration in the aftermath of the European Union referendum and the first policies of the new President of the United States, Donald Trump

‘Pray for Communion’

‘Pray for Communion’

THE Secretary General of the Anglican Communion, the Rt Revd Dr Josiah Idowu-Fearon, spoke addressed the General Synod on Thursday morning

Synod tidies things ‘showing their age’

Synod tidies things ‘showing their age’

THE Draft Church Representation, Ecumenical Relations and Ministers Measure received its first consideration and was sent for revision in committee

Synod debates 500th anniversary of Reformation

THE General Synod has welcomed signs of “convergence” on the doctrine of salvation, and supported further reconciliation between the Churches when it debated a motion on the 500th anniversary of the start of the Reformation

Synod considers time and money spent in administration and mission

A PRIVATE member’s motion about administrative cost-efficiency and subsidiarity came to the Synod as contingency business at the end of the group of sessions on Thursday morning

Care of Churches receives final approval

THE Draft Ecclesiastical Jurisdiction and Care of Churches Measure received final approval on Tuesday morning

Draft Legislative Reform revised

THE Synod revised the Draft Legislative Reform Measure on Tuesday afternoon

See of Loughborough approved

THE Bishop of Leicester sought the General Synod’s permission to petition for a new suffragan episcopal see at Loughborough. Under the Dioceses, Pastoral and Mission Measure of 2007, the Bishop requires the permission of Synod before he could petition the Queen in Council for a new suffragan bishopric

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