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For each diocese a Brexit-fallout 'champion'

THE General Synod’s agenda had been altered by the Archbishops, using their presidential powers, to provide for a post-Brexit debate on Friday afternoon. Introducing the debate on the European Union referendum, the Archbishop of Canterbury said that, in the aftermath of the vote, “we must now deal with the world as it is, not for survival, but for the flourishing of common good as witness to Kingdom of God.”

Commissioners’ funds hit their targets yet again

THE First Church Estates Commissioner, Sir Andreas Whittam Smith, presented the Church Commissioners’ annual report on Friday afternoon.

Vesture and funerals after suicide prompt debate at Synod

THE Synod gave first consideration on Saturday morning to Draft Amending Canon No. 36, Canon B 8 (Of the vesture of ordained and authorized ministers during the time of divine service) and Canon B 38 (Of the burial of the dead). Introducing the debate was the Bishop of St Albans, Dr Alan Smith, who ...

Renewal and Reform programme the Church's 'rock and anchor' in changing world

THE Synod commended the paper A Vision and Narrative for Renewal and Reform (GS 2038) after a debate on Saturday afternoon

Renewal and Reform programme the Church's 'rock and anchor' in changing world

THE Synod commended the paper A Vision and Narrative for Renewal and Reform (GS 2038) after a debate on Saturday afternoon

Mission and pastoral legislation given going over at Synod

THE Synod revised the Draft Mission and Pastoral etc. (Amendment) Measure on Saturday morning

Bishop casts a new vision for C of E's education work

THE Education Division’s report A Church of England Vision for Education came before the Synod for a take-note debate on Saturday afternoon

Archbishops' Council reports back

A PRESENTATION about the work of the Archbishops’ Council, based on its annual report, was given on Saturday evening

2017 budget for Archbishops' Council agreed

THE Archbishops’ Council’s budget and proposals for apportionment for 2017 were presented on Saturday evening by John Spence (Archbishops’ Council), who chairs the finance committee

Archbishop of York leads Synod in prayer after pilgrimage presentation

THE Archbishop of York, Dr Sentamu, began his presentation on his six month-long pilgrimage by giving a set of prayer beads — four sets of three beads threaded with three larger beads and a wooden crucifix on — to each member of the Synod

'Mini-MBAs' for senior clergy and bishops praised

THE Synod debated the report Nurturing and Discerning Senior Leaders, from the House of Bishops’ Developments and Appointments Group

New fast-track process to scrap old laws given thumbs up by Synod

THE Draft Legislative Reform Measure was given first consideration on Saturday morning

Quinquennial inspections of churches

THE Synod discussed quinquennial inspections when it gave first consideration to the Draft Inspection of Churches Measure on Saturday morning

ACC meeting in Lusaka hailed as success

THERE was a presentation about the Anglican Consultative Council Meeting in Lusaka in April. Margaret Swinson (Liverpool) said that the meeting had been a significant occasion

Group work ‘humbling’ — if you participated

ALTHOUGH warnings that some General Synod members would boycott the Shared Con­versations on sexuality were not misplaced — at least ten stayed away — praise for the process has been forthcoming

German ecumenical visitor warns against European division in turbulent times

THE Bishop of Hanover, the Rt Revd Ralf Meister, of the Evangelical Church in Germany, who co-chairs the Meissen Commission, told the Synod that they met in “turbulent times”

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

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

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

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

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Archbishop’s XI win the day in nail-biting style #cricketforfriendship

Sun 25 Sep 16 @ 17:56
'I am not an experienced mountaineer but I am fit enough to keep plodding on and have the grit to make it happen'