Comments: February 2015 General Synod - Outline Timetable

My eyes may be deceiving me and I may have missed something but I don't see any item concerning the much maligned "Green Report" on the Agenda? Surely if the National Church is expected to shell out two million pounds on what many regard as a White Elephant our elected representatives on the General Synod should have an opportunity to debate such massive expenditure at a time when some dioceses are declaring themselves to be virtually on Skid Row?

Posted by Father David at Monday, 22 December 2014 at 10:13am GMT

I think that you will find that the Green report is included in the "Resourcing the Future and Resourcing Ministerial Education" debate on the Wednesday afternoon. It will also be covered in the Tuesday presentation.

Posted by Peter Owen at Monday, 22 December 2014 at 12:45pm GMT

Thank you for that clarification Peter, that is reassuring but will Synod members get to vote to approve or otherwise on spending two million pounds of the Church's scarce resources on a scheme which has received such scathing reviews, not least from the occupants of two highly significant and important Deaneries - Durham and Oxford?

Posted by Father David at Monday, 22 December 2014 at 2:15pm GMT

I'm a member of the GS Business Committee. Peter Owen is right. There will also be a Larger Group in the morning for some different and more open-ended engagement with the Green Report

Posted by Simon Butler at Monday, 22 December 2014 at 2:28pm GMT

We won't know what General Synod will be asked to agree to until we see the wording of the motions to be debated on the Wednesday. These may not be available until the full agenda is published in the second half of January.

But the Church Commissioners do not require General Synod approval to spend their own money on their charitable purposes, which include supporting the ministry of bishops and cathedrals, which the proposals in the Green report are intended to do.

Posted by Peter Owen at Monday, 22 December 2014 at 8:36pm GMT

In the timetable for Tuesday afternoon there appears:

"Report by the Business Committee on the Allocation of Seats in the 2015 General Elections"

I know that this is an exact quotation from the release on the CofE website, but I think it should read "2015 General _Synod_ Elections".

For readers outwith the UK, (there's that word again - "outwith") there is also a _parliamentary_ General Election due in 2015.

Posted by RPNewark at Monday, 22 December 2014 at 9:43pm GMT
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