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February General Synod outline agenda

The Church of England General Synod will meet in London from 6 to 9 February 2012. The outline agenda is available online and is copied below.


Monday 6 February
2.15 p.m. – 7.00 p.m.

2.15 p.m. Prayers, introductions, welcomes, progress of legislation
Loyal Address
Report by the Business Committee
Dates of Groups of Sessions in 2014-2015
Appointments to the Archbishops’ Council
Private Member’s Motion: Mrs Sarah Finch: Independent Commission on Assisted Dying
[brief evening worship]

Tuesday 7 February
9.30 a.m. – 1.00 p.m.

9.30 a.m. Worship
Legislative Business
    Draft Parochial Fees and Scheduled Matters Amending Order 2012
    Clergy Discipline (Amendment) Measure – Revision Stage
    Diocese in Europe (Amendment) Measure – First Consideration

2.30 p.m. – 5.30 p.m.

2.30 p.m. Women in the Episcopate: Draft Code of Practice: Presentation and questions
Legislative business not completed in the morning sitting
Presentation by Sally Keeble on the Anglican Alliance for Relief, Development and Advocacy, followed by questions
5.30 p.m. Session ends
6.15 p.m. Joint service with the United Reformed Church at Westminster Abbey

Wednesday 8 February
9.15 a.m. – 1.00 p.m.

9.15 a.m. Holy Communion in the Assembly Hall
Chichester DSM: Appointment of Archdeacons
Legislative Business
    Women in the Episcopate: Report on Reference to Dioceses

2.30 p.m. – 7.00 p.m.

2.30 p.m. Women in the Episcopate: Manchester DSM (Southwark DSM as an amendment)
Report of the Standing Orders Committee
[brief evening worship]

Thursday 9 February
9.30 a.m. – 1.00 p.m.

9.30 a.m. Worship
Liturgical Business
    Additional Eucharistic Prayers
Legislative Business
    Women in the Episcopate: Final Drafting
Higher Education Funding Changes: Presentation and questions

2.30 p.m. – 5.30 p.m.

2.30 p.m. Private Member’s Motion: Professor Anthony Berry: Reform of the House of Lords
Health and the Church’s Mission:Report from the Mission and Public Affairs Council

Contingency Business
PMM: The Revd Stephen Trott: Manifestation of Faith in Public Life

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Father Ron Smith
Father Ron Smith
12 years ago

We all need to pray for the next session of the Church of England General Synod – that the Holy Spirit may open the hearts and minds of all those present, to the proper place of women in the Church – as fellow Ministers of Christ in the Sacraments.

At Christmas, we remember the role of Our Lady – a Godly woman – who was God’s Instrument in bringing the Word-made-flesh into this world – a sacramental act if ever there was one. Hail Mary, full of grace!

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