Friday, 22 May 2015

July 2015 General Synod - Outline Timetable

The outline timetable for the July 2015 sessions of the General Synod of the Church of England is now available to download as a pdf file, and is copied below. The full agenda and other papers will be available on Friday 19 June.


Friday 10 July

[1.15 pm – 2.30 pm Convocation meetings to discuss the Revised Guidelines for the Professional Conduct of the Clergy]

3.00 pm – 6.15 pm
Opening worship
Formal business
Response on behalf of ecumenical guests by the Archbishop of Uppsala
Presidential Address by the Archbishop of York

Business Committee Report

4.25 pm Approval of appointments

Amendments to the Standing Orders regarding General Synod Question time

Legislative Business
Enactment of Amending Canon No. 35
Administration of Holy Communion Regulations: Preliminary consideration

Presentation followed by Q&A from the Ethical Investment Advisory Group and the National Investment Bodies

8.30 pm – 10.00 pm

Saturday 11 July

9.30 am – 1.00 pm

Legislative Business
Safeguarding and Clergy Discipline Measure and Amending Canon No. 34 – final Drafting/Final Approval
Diocesan Stipends Funds (Amendment) Measure – Revision Stage and Final Drafting/Final Approval
Ecclesiastical Offices (Terms of Service) (Amendment) Regulations
Ecclesiastical Offices (Terms of Service) (Amendment) Directions (deemed)
Faculty Jurisdiction Rules
Ecclesiastical Property (Exceptions from Requirement for Consent to dealings) Order
Ecclesiastical Judges etc (Fees) Order
Legal Officers (Annual Fees) Order (deemed)
STV (Amendment) Regulations

Pre-consolidation amendments to Standing Orders

2.30 pm – 6.15 pm


Private Member’s Motion: Senior Leadership

Legislative Business
[Business not reached or completed in the morning]
[Pre-consolidation amendments to Standing Orders if not reached in the morning]

Debate on a Motion on a Report by the World Council of Churches: ‘The Church: Towards a Common Vision’

8.30 pm – 9.45 pm
Meetings of the Convocations for the purposes of the Article 7 reference relating to the Administration of Holy Communion Regulations and/or the Baptism Texts [if required]
Church Commissioners’ Annual Report

Archbishops’ Council Annual Report

Sunday 12 July

2.30 pm – 6.20 pm
Liturgical Business
Additional texts for Holy Baptism – Final Approval

Legislative Business – Any remaining legislative business followed by:
Standing Orders: Adoption of Consolidated Text
Administration of Holy Communion Regulations: Final Approval (following Article 7 referral to HoB and the Convocations / House of Laity if required)

Diocesan Synod Motion: Nature and Structure of the Church of England: National Debate

Presentation on follow-up to GS 1844 – Unfinished Business by the Committee for Minority Ethnic Anglican Concerns (CMEAC)

Introduction to Group Work and Bible Study on the Environment

8.30 pm – 10.00 pm
Financial Business
Archbishops’ Council’s Budget 2016

Presentation on National Society Development of Teaching and Educational Leadership Partnerships

Monday 13 July

9.30 am – 11.00 am
Worship (in small groups)

Group Work and Bible Study on the subject of the Environment

11.30 – 1.00 pm
Debate on a Motion on the Paris Summit from the Mission and Public Affairs Council

2.30 pm – 5.45 pm
Debate on a Motion on Climate Change and Investment Policy from the National Investing Bodies



4.45 pm End of Synod Communion in Central Hall
5.45 pm Prorogation

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The final item on the last day on investment and climate change - chamber sure to be packed - is interesting. It looks related to the Oxford Diocesan Synod motion on essentially the same subject, albeit likely reframed. If so it would be an interesting take on synodical government to put up the amended motion you want to debate, rather than arguing directly for amendment of the diocesan motion, having the diocesan motion in pole position. The explanation of all this will be interesting. Those interested in investment and climate change will be well advised to read the ethical investment sections of the Church Commissioners Annual Report (full version) which have received a significant upgrade this year. The National Investing Bodies have proved adept at avoiding full Synodical scrutiny of their activities, and a large proportion of the funds they hold are outside the direct control of Synod. The big danger is if they imagine they are therefore accountable to no-one. The strategic question for the Church is how to maintain appropriate accountability and influence with the structures we currently have. The Investing Bodies have, over the long term, occasionally believed their own publicity to the detriment of the Church and the value of their investments - so the presence of a critical friend is important, and when the Investing Bodies become defensive about criticism it should be read as a danger signal.

Posted by: Mark Bennet on Friday, 22 May 2015 at 8:46pm BST

Any discussion of shared leadership in Church schools should be treated with caution. The issue is more complex and far-reaching than present proposals consider- these are designed rather too much as a pragmatic set of tools in the face of particular current constraints but more vision is needed to set these issues in the context of the radically changing lives our youngest children are likely to face in mid-Century and beyond. The role of village schools, with their own headteacher, has a well-documented proud history too easily neglected for short-term considerations. The demands of larger numbers on leadership and governance are increasingly recognised as no instant panacea. Rather should we celebrate and sustain best present practice especially in a time of 'booming' revenues.

The close identity of schools with parents, and especially parents in difficult circumstances, as well as local communities, is a fundamental educational strength that is perhaps being under-sold in some current thinking. The loss of identity within shared priest practice is emerging similarly as concern in some dioceses.

Shared opportunities are fine but not at the expense of local identity and action which has seen some of the finest reports in national inspection databases coming from small village schools with their own leaders. More sophisticated, long-term thinking is possible that enables small-scale, human-scale concepts to reach children long locked into the hardships of urban living, not least our inner cities. The Gulbenkian Foundation sponsored book "Urban Village Schooling" well reflects such visionary new coincepts that a rapidly advancing technological age will thrust upon us.

No business would assess its economic prospects on the shallow superficial basis that argues small schools cost too much when long-term alleged savings fail to materialise and long-term small schools deliver profit to taxpayers. Myopic adherence to limited, often unfair critique has seen small schools disappear by the hundred and National Society proposals that diminish philosophical well-being and effective local practice will add further to a process of ultimate decline we should be resisting.

Posted by: Mervyn Benford on Saturday, 23 May 2015 at 12:12pm BST
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