C.of E. General Synod – Friday 8 July

General Synod – Friday’s business

The July 2016 meeting of the General Synod of the Church of England has opened.

There is a live video stream here.

The agenda and other papers are available here.

Order Paper I listing all the day’s business. Synod agreed to vary the order of business after item 6 to that on page 4.

As announced last week, the Archbishops have added a motion on the EU Referendum, which will be debated this afternoon. The text of the motion is:

The Archbishop of Canterbury to move:

That this Synod, recognising the result of the recent referendum on the United Kingdom’s membership of the European Union, welcome the Archbishops’ call for all to unite in the common task of building a generous and forward looking country, contributing to human flourishing around the world, and encourage all members of the Church of England to play their part actively in partnership with everyone in Civil Society in pursuit of this task.

One amendment to the motion was carried so that it became:

That this Synod, recognising the result of the recent referendum on the United Kingdom’s membership of the European Union:
a) welcome the Archbishops’ call for all to unite in the common task of building a generous and forward looking country, contributing to human flourishing around the world, and encourage all members of the Church of England to play their part actively in partnership with everyone in Civil Society in pursuit of this task; and
b) commend the work already carried out by the Church in bringing communities together and recommend that as a minimum every bishop identify a champion in their diocese to assess what more the Church could do and to make recommendations for creating stronger and more constructive links between local communities as a basis for achieving this common task.

in which form it was clearly carried on a show of hands.

There’s an official press release: Synod approves motion to build a ‘generous and forward looking country’ in the aftermath of the EU Referendum, and texts of the speeches by the two archbishops: Canterbury and York.

Questions were taken after dinner. The booklet of questions and answers, issued in advance, is here. The Synod session only dealt with supplementary questions and answers.

Audio recordings of the day’s debates are made available here.

[This article will be updated during the day.]

Posted by Peter Owen on Friday, 8 July 2016 at 2:53pm BST
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          Thanks to Peter Owen, of ‘Thinking Anglicans’, for this up to date report from the General Synod of the Church of England now in session.
          Considering the fact that 48 hours of Synod time will be spent on a consideration of the Report  about ‘Conversations on Human Sexuality, one can expect high interest from other Provinces of the worldwide Anglican Communion to be looking in on the proceedings.
          I shall endeavour to keep readers of this blog aware of the discussions as they are opened to the public. During the session on Human Sexuality, the proceedings will be held ‘in camera’, as may be fitting for such an emotive subject.
          My prayer is that the proceedings will be conducted with a maximum of tolerance and goodwill on the part of everyone concerned so that the Church of England will be seen, as well as experienced, to be a place of safety for LGBTI clergy and congregations.
          Father Ron Smith, Christchurch, New Zealand
Herewith, some resources for Visitors:

Shared Conversations Material

Timetable – Sunday afternoon – Tuesday lunchtime

Grace and Dialogue Booklet

Frequently Asked Questions

St Michael’s House Protocols

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About kiwianglo

Retired Anglican priest, living in Christchurch, New Zealand. Ardent supporter of LGBT Community, and blogger on 'Thinking Anglicans UK' site. Theology: liberal, Anglo-Catholic & traditional. regarding each person as a unique expression of Christ, and therefore lovable.
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