The second mailing of papers for next month’s Synod arrived this morning. There was rather more in the package than I expected.
First, there are the remaining papers for matters on the agenda.
GS 1522 February Group of Sessions 2004: Report by the Business Committee
Already online here.
GS 1534 Thirty-eighth Report of the Standing Orders Committee
This is accompanied by a notice paper listing 31 proposed amendments to the standing orders.
GS 1527 Review of Clergy Terms of Service
There is a lengthy summary of this report, with a complete list of its recommendations, here.
GS Misc 731 Asylum: A Briefing Paper by the Mission and Public Affairs Council
GS Misc 729A Briefing Paper for York Diocesan Synod Motion: Cohabitation
GS Misc 729B The York Diocesan motion on contractual relationships - A Comment by the Mission and Public Affairs Council
GS Misc 738A Differentials: A Background Paper
GS Misc 738B Stipend Differentials: A background note from the Ministry Division
These are papers for a private member’s motion which will only be taken if an unexpected gap opens up in the agenda - something which I don’t think is at all likely.
Then there are several papers not for debate, but which might be of interest.
GS Misc 725 Protecting all God’s Children: The Child Protection Policy for the Church of England (3rd edition)
GS Misc 727 Dioceses Commission Annual Report 2003
The list of members is longer than the report itself.
GS Misc 730 Religion in Broadcasting: Second Report of the Religion in Broadcasting Group
GS Misc 733 Suffragan Bishops: A House of Bishops Occasional Paper
GS Misc 734 12th Assembly of the Conference of European Churches: Report of the Church of England Delegation
GS Misc 735 Report by the Church Working for Women Group
GS Misc 736 Activities of the Archbishops’ Council
GS Misc 737 Fees Advisory Commission: Note about the consultation on the future remuneration of diocesan registrars
GS Misc 739 Note about the National Church Institutions (NCIs) Staff Pay Structures
HB(04)M1 House of Bishops Summary of Decisions of meeting on 15 January 2004
Finally there are nomination papers for the election of 13 Church Commissioners.
The electorate in each case comprises the relevant members of Synod (except for the Deans, where all can vote), but candidates (apart from bishops) do not have to be members.
This report, GS 1529, is now online in the Commissioners’ part of the Church of England web site.
They are all Word documents, except for Annex B which is an Excel file, allowing you to manipulate the statistics.
The following papers for next month’s General Synod are now online. They are all Word documents.
GS 1484A Draft Amending Canon No 26 (33 kB)
GS 1485A Church Representation Rules Amendment Resolution (52 kB)
GS 1486A Draft Clergy Representation Rules (Amendment) Resolution (30 kB)
GS 1487A Religious Communities (Lay Representatives) Rules (Amendment) Resolution (23 kB)
They should be read in conjunction with GS 1484 -1487Y, the report of the Revision Committee, which I noted on Wednesday.
The following papers for next months Synod are now online. They are all Word documents.
GS 1522 February 2004 group of sessions: Report by the Business Committtee (75 kB)
GS 1484 -1487Y Draft Amending Canon No 26 etc: Report by the Revision Committee (419 kB)
This is the legislation to reform the size and compostion of General Synod following on from the Bridge Report
GS 1530 Telling the Story: Being Positive about HIV/AIDS (243 kB)
This report will be debated at Synod on Thursday 12 February. Before the debate Hilary Benn, the Secretary of State for International Development, will address the Synod and answer questions.
GS 1532 The Gift of Authority (46 kB)
This is the Council for Christian Unity’s report on the ARCIC report The Gift of Authority.
GS Misc 731 Asylum (55 kB)
This is a background paper for a debate on Asylum to be held on Friday 13 February.
Two of these papers(GS 1522 and GS Misc 731) have not yet been mailed to Synod members.
GS 1528 A Measure for Measures In mission and ministry is available online (in Word format) here. This is the Report of the Review of the Dioceses, Pastoral and related Measures, which is scheduled for debate at General Synod on 10 February 2004.
Also available is a summary of the repsonses to the consultation on the draft report; these are not included in the printed document.
This is now available online here as a Word document. It is not what I would call complete, since it does not include the introductory notes, or the Special Agendas listing the legislative and liturgical business, and the full lists of private member’s and diocesan synod motions.
UPDATE on 16 February 2004
I have just noticed that the online agenda is not in quite the same form as the paper version sent to Synod members. The legislative and liturgical business is included, but in the main text, and not in special agendas at the end. I would find it more helpful if the paper version was similarly arranged.
Here are the papers for February’s liturgical business.
GS 1493B Additional Collects
A vote to give final approval will be taken. The texts can be downloaded as a Word document form here.
GS 1535 Common Worship Ordinal
Report by the Liturgical Commission. The draft ordinal will receive first consideration.
The draft weekday lectionary will also have its first consideration.
Here are the papers for February’s legislative business.
GS 1476B Draft Church of England (Miscellaneous Provisions) Measure
GS 1476Z Report by the Steering Committee
This draft measure will be considered for final approval.
GS 1484A Draft Amending Canon 26
GS 1485A Draft Church Representation Rules (Amendment) Resolution 200-
GS 1486A Draft Clergy Representation Rules (Amendment) Resolution 200-
GS 1487A Draft Religious Communities (Lay Representation) Rules (Amendment) Resolution 200-
GS 1484-7Y Report by the Revision Committee
This is the legislation to reform the size and compostion of General Synod following on from the Bridge Report. In its report, the Revision Committee expresses the hope that it will come into effect before the General Synod elections in 2005.
GS 1505A Draft Stipends (Cessation of Special Payments) Measure
GS 1505Y Report of Revision Committee
GS 1524 Draft Pastoral (Amendment) Measure
GS 1424X Explanatory Memorandum
This will implement one of the recommendations of GS 1528 (the Report of the Review of the Dioceses, Pastoral and related Measures). It will permit a lease to be granted, under the authority of a faculty, of part (or parts) of a church which remains open for public worship, without recourse to a declaration of redundancy.
GS 1525 Draft Amending Canon No 27
GS 1525X Explanatory Memorandum
This makes some amendments to the Canons which are required to implement some proposals in the Common Worship Ordinal.
GS 1526 Single Transferable Vote (Amendment) Regulations 2004
GS 1526X Explanatory Memorandum
This deals with a conflict in the STV regulations, that can only occur in elections with constraints, and even then only in exceptional circumstances.
The postman brought the main bulk of papers for next month’s General Synod this morning. A few more papers are due to be issued in a week’s time.
I have split my list of them into three. Below is everything except for legislative and liturgical business.
GS 1521 Agenda
There is a link to this document on the Church of England web site but the document is not there. I understand that it will become available on Monday.
GS 1523 Mission-Shaped Church
sub-title Church planting and fresh expressions of church in a changing context
GS 1528 A Measure for Measures: In mission and ministry
GS Misc 732 Covering note from the Archbishops’ Council
GS 1528 is the Report of the Review of the Dioceses, Pastoral and Related Measures
GS 1529 Future use of the Church Commissioners’ Funds
Report by the Spending Review Working Group of the Archbishops’ Council and the Church Commissioners
GS Misc 728 Being Human: introductory note from the Doctrine Commission
This refers to GS 1494 Being Human which was issued in July 2003.
GS 1530 Telling the Story: Being Positive About HIV/AIDS
Report by the Mission and Public Affairs Council
GS 1532 The Gift of Authority
Report by the Council for Christian Unity. The ARCIC report The Gift of Authority is online here.
Diocesan Synod Motion
A motion from Birmingham Diocesan Synod is due to be taken (at last), and the following background papers have been issued.
GS Misc 704 (Revised) A background note by the Chief Legal Advisor to General Synod
GS Misc 704A A background paper from the diocese