Sunday, 23 October 2005

More statistics

The following statistics were supplied at the press briefing for the November 2005 meeting of the General Synod, held on 21 October.

New General Synod. Figures as at October 2005
Age profile of elected diocesan representatives

   
20s
30s
40s
50s
60s
70s
Average
Average in 2000
Laity
189
9
14
22
62
70
12
56
53
Clergy
182
2
8
74
79
19
0
50
51

Clergy average age reflects the clergy population as a whole.

Gender balance by Houses

 
Female
Male
Total
Laity
84
41%
120
59%
204
Clergy
46
23%
154
77%
200
Bishops
0
0%
53
100%
53
Total
130
28%
327
72%
457

These figures exclude 9 voting places not currently filled – 6 Bath and Wells laity, 1 religious community laity, Third Estates Commissioner and one appointed Archbishops’ Council place occupied by a diocesan bishop. They also exclude the 10 places available, but rarely filled, for co-opted voting members, and the 13 observer places for deaf, ecumenical and youth representatives.

Gender balance by Houses January 2001

 
Female
Male
Total
Laity
117
45%
145
55%
262
Clergy
27
11%
227
89%
254
Bishops
0
0%
54
100%
54
Total
144
25%
426
75%
570

(These figures exclude 1 voting place not filled - one appointed Archbishops’ Council place occupied by a diocesan bishop. They also exclude 10 places available, but rarely filled, for co-opted voting members and 8 observer places for ecumenical representatives.)

Posted by Peter Owen on Sunday, 23 October 2005 at 5:00pm BST
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Comments

Peter

Has there been any analysis of whether Synod has shifted theologically?

Posted by: Ian Paul on Thursday, 27 October 2005 at 8:23pm BST

I've not seen anything. One difficulty in carrying out such an analysis is the refusal of many dioceses to release copies of candidates' election addresses.

Posted by: Peter Owen on Thursday, 27 October 2005 at 10:15pm BST

Ian
I understand that those actually elected have been sent a questionnaire by the Synod Office designed to elicit information about them that might be helpful to the Appointments Committee. I don't know what questions were asked, and apparently there is no compulsion to answer them, but an analysis of these might conceivably give some further clues. However, I also understand that the questions do not include any that relate to the members' opinions, but rather cover their background and experience.
My own particular interest is in their occupation (lawyers, accountants, etc.) I think it's also of public interest also to know how many of the House of Laity are spouses/partners of clergy.
Having participated in the election myself, I have seen a number of election addresses. I did not always find it easy to discern the real theological views of the candidates from what they had written. They are after all election addresses :-)
Simon

Posted by: Simon Sarmiento on Thursday, 27 October 2005 at 10:31pm BST
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