Comments: General Synod - diocesan candidates

Your website is a really useful resource, Peter. Thank you.

Posted by Susannah Clark at Thursday, 24 September 2015 at 11:05am BST

The depressing thing about Synods and the like is that they make it so difficult for people in "normal" jobs with younger families to take part. I'm not sure what the solution is - four weekends a year, perhaps? That would make it difficult for the clergy, though.

Posted by Richard at Saturday, 26 September 2015 at 10:45am BST

Richard, in the Anglican Church of Canada our General Synod meets once every three years. Granted, it's a week, but I think it's much more doable for people in what you call 'ordinary' jobs. And really, a good national executive council can deal with a lot of the stuff that comes up between synods.

Posted by Tim Chesterton at Sunday, 27 September 2015 at 9:59pm BST

if our General Synod only met once every three years we would still not have women bishops.

Posted by Erika Baker at Monday, 28 September 2015 at 12:15pm BST

Tim, the General Synod of the Church of England has unique responsibilities. Among other things it is a legislative body that votes "Measures" which then pass into the law of England that is binding on all our 50 million + citizens (subject to a Yes/No vote from Parliament.) That is what "establishment" means. Granted it's a scandal that it should be so, but where is the appetite to get it changed?

Posted by Jamie Wood at Monday, 28 September 2015 at 4:54pm BST

Erika, with our General Synod that meets only once every three years we succeeded in getting our first female bishop in 1994.

And Richard's point is a good one. With a General Synod that meets as often as the C of Es, the pool of lay people who can actually participate in it is rather limited. The comment has been often made on TA that General Synod is not representative of the opinion of the church. Well, hello!

Posted by Tim Chesterton at Monday, 28 September 2015 at 5:34pm BST

A lot of the business could be done remotely, or more succinctly, or not all. One physical meeting over a long weekend a year plus perhaps one day session on a Saturday would easily cover all the essential business.

Posted by Turbulent Priest at Monday, 28 September 2015 at 11:32pm BST

Good to hear, from the Church Times' article mentioned, that there are high-placed candidates to represent the LGBTQ viewpoint in General Synod.

Nothing seems to have been mentioned in the C.T. about the people standing who may be (even secretly) appearing on the opposing platform. It would be good to know who they are. Hopefully, their stance has been properly indicated by their answers to the appropriate questions.

Posted by Father Ron Smith at Tuesday, 29 September 2015 at 12:45am BST

yes, but we're talking CoE here. We're already lagging behind Canada. A Synod every three years would make this much much worse.

Posted by Erika Baker at Tuesday, 29 September 2015 at 9:14am BST
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