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Synod papers

The newly elected General Synod will meet in London on Tuesday 15 and Wednesday 16 November. Papers for this meeting, listed below, are now appearing online. GS 1593 and 1595 are scheduled for dispatch to members on Friday this week.

Agenda
Tuesday
Wednesday
Legislative Business

GS 1592 Report by the Business Committee
GS 1593 Review of Clergy Terms of Service: Property Issues and Progress Report
GS 1595 Facing the Challenge of Terrorism

Papers for Legislative Business

GS 1348B Amending Canon No 24

GS 1594 Payments to the Churches Conservation Trust Order 2005
GS 1594X Report and Explanatory Memorandum

GS 1596 Admission of Baptised Children to Holy Communion Regulations
GS 1596X Report and Explanatory Memorandum

GS 1597 Draft Dioceses, Pastoral and Mission Measure [large file: 5 MB]
GS 1598 Draft Amending Canon No 27
GS 1599 Draft Vacancy in See Committees (Amendment) Regulation
GS 1597-9X Report and Explanatory Memorandum

GS 1600 Clergy Discipline Appeals Rules
GS 1600X Explanatory Memorandum

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I see that more moves to centralise power in the hand of Bishops and the Diocese are again suggested under GS 1593: Review of Clergy Terms of Service: Property Issues and Progress Report.

Having taken the right curtail freehold (and hence clergy independence) they now want the parish’s church and property too!

Hardly the time… in the current circumstances.

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Dave
I can’t begin to imagine how you deduce this conclusion from the data.
What has actually happened is the exact opposite.
Whereas, the previous proposal concerning property was not well received by Synod, now a new report proposes *no change* be made in respect of churches, and that much more moderate changes be made in respect of parsonage houses. In relation to the latter, the dioceses are already almost entirely responsible for their upkeep.
This report is in fact a U-turn on the earlier one.