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General Synod – Retreat Houses

The final business at Synod this (Thursday) afternoon was a diocesan synod motion on the future of Church of England retreat houses.

The Ven Richard Atkinson (Leicester) moved on behalf of the Leicester Diocesan Synod:

That this Synod
(a) celebrate the contribution of the Diocesan Retreat Houses to the Retreat Movement, and to the mission of the Church and the spiritual well-being of the nation;
(b )in the light of the closure of several Diocesan Retreat Houses, invite the Archbishops’ Council to review and to make recommendations for the future sustainability and development of the remaining Diocesan Retreat Houses; and
(c) encourage the Archbishops’ Council and the other National Church Institutions, Dioceses, regional training partnerships and parishes to make full use of the Diocesan Retreat Houses for retreat, prayer, study, conferences and creative thinking for the future.

Mr Brian Newey (Oxford) moved as an amendment:

Leave out paragraph (b).

This amendment was carried on a show of hands so that the substantive motion became

That this Synod
(a) celebrate the contribution of the Diocesan Retreat Houses to the Retreat Movement, and to the mission of the Church and the spiritual well-being of the nation; and
(b) encourage the Archbishops’ Council and the other National Church Institutions, Dioceses, regional training partnerships and parishes to make full use of the Diocesan Retreat Houses for retreat, prayer, study, conferences and creative thinking for the future.

At the end of the debate the amended motion was carried nem con on a show of hands.

Background papers
from the Diocese of Leicester and the Diocese of Peterborough (GS Misc 907A)
by the Secretary General (GS Misc 907B)

The Ven Richard Atkinson proposing the motion

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