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General Synod – Tuesday's business

Order paper for Tuesday’s business

The first item of business was Parochial Fees.

Some, but not all, of the amendments listed in the order paper were carried. The amended Fees Order was then approved by Synod.

Background Papers for this debate
GS 1852 Draft Parochial Fees and Scheduled Matters Amending Order 2012
GS 1852X Explanatory Memorandum
GS Misc 1015 Draft Fees Order, An explanation of the proposed fee levels

Synod then moved onto the Draft Clergy Discipline (Amendment) Measure

Papers for this debate
GS 1814A Draft Clergy Discipline (Amendment) Measure
GS 1814Y Report by the Revision Committee

The final business in the morning was the Draft Diocese in Europe Measure

Papers for this debate
GS 1853 Draft Diocese in Europe Measure
GS 1853X and Explanatory Memorandum

Here is the official summary of the morning’s business.
Summary of business conducted on Tuesday 7th February 2012 AM

The afternoon started with a presentation by the Bishop of St Edmundsbury and Ipswich on the Draft Code of Practice (GS Misc 1007) required by the Draft Bishops and Priests (Consecration and Ordination of Women) Measure.
Presentations at Synod allow members to ask questions, but not to make speeches.

After the presentation Synod moved onto The Ecclesastical Offices (Terms of Service) (Consequential Provisions) Order 2012

The amendment in the order paper was agreed, after which the order was approved.

Papers for this item
GS 1858 The Draft Order
GS 1858X and Explanatory Memorandum

As Synod finished this business earlier that expected, a gap opened up in the agenda which was filled with this Chichester diocesan synod about the Appointment of Archdeaccons originally planned to be taken tomorrow.

That this Synod request that Canon C 22.1 be amended to read “No person shall be capable of receiving the appointment of archdeacon unless he has been six years complete in holy orders at the time of appointment

At the end of the debate the Bishop of Chichester successfully called for a vote by houses. The motion was defeated in all three houses.

  For Against Abstentions
Bishops 9 21 0
Clergy 31 118 1
Laity 53 84 9

The day’s business finished with a presentation by Mrs Sally Keeble (Director of the Anglican Alliance for Relief, Development and Advocacy) about the work of the Alliance, followed by questions.

Here is the official summary of the afternoon’s business
Summary of business conducted on Tuesday 7th February 2012 PM

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Distinctive Deacons are sadly very marginal in the C of E, despite the fact that with Poorvoo there should be an obligation to consider developing the diaconate. The whole discussion about Pioneer Ministry proceeded with no reference to the diaconate..Actually the 3 fold order in the C of E is really bishops /Priests and Readers..and Readers are an aging group not greatly valued by the clergy in my experience..I cant help feeling if the C of E “got the ministry right” things might improve but despite it all nothing much has happenend re the diaconate in 30 yrs..I expect the… Read more »

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Well, Perry, perhaps we in New Zealand might just be one-up on the Church of England. In our Diocese of Christchurch, we have a Woman deacon/Archdeacon.

There are vocational deacons here, but not many. Some seem to start as ‘vocational’ and then find their vocation ‘changed’ – often to take charge of a parish.