Tuesday, 29 May 2012

General Synod - July timetable

The Church of England has issued the outline timetable for the July meeting of General Synod. This is copied below (with non-business items omitted).



Friday 6 July

2.00 pm – 4.45 pm
Article 7 meetings of the Convocations and House of Laity
(Canterbury Upper House meeting at 4.00 pm)

5.15 pm – 6.15 pm
Formal business (prayers, introductions, welcomes, progress of legislation)
Address by the Archbishop of Turku and Finland
Business Committee Report

8.30 pm – 10.00 pm

Saturday 7 July

11.45 am – 1.00 pm
World-Shaped Mission: Report from MPA

2.30 pm – 6.15 pm
Legislative Business
    Clergy Discipline (Amendment) Measure: Final Drafting/Final Approval
    Diocese in Europe Measure: Revision Stage and Final Approval
    Miscellaneous Provisions Measure: First Consideration
    The Church of England Funded Pensions Scheme (Amendment) Rules 2012
    (Fees Orders – deemed)
Church Commissioners’ Annual Report: presentation

8.30 pm – 10.00 pm
Fresh Expressions: Report from MPA

Sunday 8 July

2.30 pm – 6.15 pm
Liturgical Business Additional Eucharistic Prayers
Archbishops’ Council’s Annual Report: presentation
Financial Business
Testing the Bridges: Understanding the Role of the Church amidst Riots, Disturbances, Disorder: Report from MPA

8.30 pm – 10.00 pm
PMM: The Revd Stephen Trott: Manifestation of Faith in Public Life

Monday 9 July

9.30 am – 1.00 pm
Legislative Business Women in the Episcopate

2.30 pm – 6.15 pm
Legislative Business Women in the Episcopate

8.30 pm – 10.00 pm
The Church School of the Future: Chadwick Report (Education Division): Presentation

Tuesday 10 July

9.30 am – 1.00 pm
PMM: Dr John Dinnen: Palestine and Israel
Bradford DSM: Vacancy in See Committees
Farewell to the Archbishop of Canterbury

Contingency business:
PMM: The Revd Christopher Hobbs: Parochial Church Councils (Powers) Measure 1956

Posted by Peter Owen on Tuesday, 29 May 2012 at 1:19pm BST | TrackBack
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Members of other Provinces of the Anglican Communion, who have already experienced the God-given charism of the ministry of Women as both priests and bishops in the local Church, look forward to the day when Women will be welcomed into into the fullness of ministerial Orders in the Church of England.

The big question on Monday, 9th July will be - whether or not the C. of E, General Synod requests the House of Bishops to reconsider their unhelpful amendments to the original Draft Measure; so that a Woman Diocesan Bishop would be allowed, without let or hindrance, to exercise the traditional episcopal role in her own diocese.

Any other course of action would be detrimental to the collegiality of the role of a Diocesan Bishop in the world-wide Communion. How long can the Church of England (the 'Mother Church') maintain this discrimination based on gender difference?

Posted by: Father Ron Smith on Thursday, 31 May 2012 at 11:25am BST

I see no direct mention of the Covenant, or it's failure to achieve the required majority.

Does this failure have to be referred back to Synod for note? Is there any further procedural matters that need to be gone through before the ACO can be informed that England has rejected the Covenant?

I had always expected the English house of bishops to come up with some jolly wheeze denouncing the local synods and saying that they - the important people - considered themselves bound by its words!

Posted by: Martin Reynolds on Saturday, 2 June 2012 at 9:10am BST

Standing Orders require the Business Committee to submit "a written report or memorandum" containing the results of the diocesan voting to General Synod not later than the second group of sessions following the date by which dioceses had to respond. So this could be in July or the following group of sessions (which will be in November or February). There does not appear to be a requirement to debate the report/memorandum. So it could be included in the papers for July which will be issued later this month.

Posted by: Peter Owen on Saturday, 2 June 2012 at 11:19am BST
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