Friday, 14 October 2005

Ages of Synod members

The Church Times has published today the dates of birth of newly elected members of General Synod. From these data I have calculated some statistics for the elected diocesan representatives of the clergy and laity.

ages
clergy
laity
mean age
50
56
standard deviation
7
11
oldest
68
78
youngest
27
21

For comparison the mean ages in 2000 were 51 (clergy) and 53 (laity).

I have put a histogram of the age distributions here.

[Note: The laity figures exclude Bath & Wells (election postponed), Winchester (figures not available) and two members of unknown age.]

Posted by Peter Owen on Friday, 14 October 2005 at 11:45am BST
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Comments

Very interesting stats, I have been voted on as a laity member from Manchester, im 23, so im 23 years younger than the average! Also a little shocked to see im not the youngest, but shocked in a good way. Any a 27yo member of Clergy, thats cool!

Posted by: Simon B on Friday, 14 October 2005 at 7:45pm BST

What saddens me is the low "turnout" esp among the laity, though the clergy arent much better.Surely with a small and defined electorate it should be 80%plus

Posted by: perry butler on Saturday, 15 October 2005 at 5:04pm BST

As a resident of Winchester diocese - What have they got to hide?

Posted by: PhiltheBear on Sunday, 16 October 2005 at 4:04pm BST
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