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General Synod – July 2022

Updated 6 June – this is now available online.

The General Synod of the Church of England will meet in York on 8-12 July 2022. The outline timetable has been circulated to Synod members and is copied below.

Full details of each item will be on the agenda

Friday 8 July

2.00 pm – 7.00 pm
– Opening worship and introductions
– Welcome from the Anglican Communion guests
– Presidential Address
– Business Committee Report
– Routemap to Net Zero Carbon
– War in Ukraine
Not later than 5.45pm
– Questions

Saturday 9 July

9.00 am – 12.30 pm
– Opening worship
– See of Canterbury Membership of the Crown Nominations Commission
– Independent Review of Lowest Income Communities Funding and Strategic Development Funding
– Spending plans of the Church Commissioners and Archbishops’ Council

2.00 pm – 7.00 pm
– Safeguarding and Independence
– Diocesan Stipend Fund (Amendment) Measure – first consideration
Diocesan Synod Motion: Lincoln Diocese
– Insurance Premium Tax
– Church of England Pensions (Application of Capital Funds) Measure – first consideration
Not later than 5.55pm
– Questions

Evening: CNC candidates market place

Sunday 10 July

2.30 pm – 6.45 pm
– Introduction to group work – Living in Love and Faith and Vision & Strategy
– Group work
Private Members’ Motion: Dr Simon Eyre (Chichester)
– Assisted Suicide

8.30 pm – 9.30 pm
– Extended Act of Worship during which voting for CNC central members will take place

Monday 11 July

9.00 am – 12.30 pm
– Opening worship
– Presentation on Archbishops’ Council Annual Report
– Archbishops’ Council 2023
– Annual Budget Amending Canon 42 – first consideration

2.00 pm – 6.30 pm
– Affirming and Including Disabled People in the Whole Life of the Church
– Church Funds Investment Measure – first consideration
– Resourcing Ministerial Formation
– Miscellaneous Provisions Measure and Amending Canon No 43 – first consideration

8.00 pm – 10.00 pm
Diocesan Synod Motion: Canterbury Diocese
– Review of qualifications for PCC membership and entry on the church electoral roll
Diocesan Synod Motion: Guildford Diocese
– Age verification on pornography websites

Followed by compline

Tuesday 12 July

9.00 am – 12.30 pm
– Opening worship
– Loyal Address
– Amendments to the Standing Orders for the membership of the Canterbury Crown Nominations Commission
– Clergy Conduct Measure Implementation Group
– Announcement of election of Central CNC members
– Farewells
Not later than 12.30pm
– Prorogation

Deemed business:
– Legal Officers (Annual Fees) Order 2022,
– Ecclesiastical Judges, Legal Officers and Others (Fees) Order 2022,
– Code of Practice under the Clergy Discipline Measure,
– Pensions Rules (Amendment) Scheme

Contingency business:
Diocesan Synod Motion: Blackburn Diocese
– Reduce parochial fees for marriages

Deadline for receipt of questions: 1200 hrs Tuesday 28 June

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2 years ago

“Welcome from the Anglican Communion guests”?
For an agenda item to produce a guffaw is an achievement. Yet here, in 6 words, we see encapsulated the Church of England’s confused notions of the Anglican Communion.
If a “welcome” is “from” someone, then that person is the host, not the guest.
If there are “Anglican Communion guests,” then the welcome is given by the Church of England to its Communion guests.
Doubtless much of this confusion will carry over to the Canterbury CNC discussion.

Stephen Griffiths
Stephen Griffiths
2 years ago

Will someone at synod please question and/or challenge the endless appointment of staff to surround the ABC.
The job of ABC is complex but the current Lambeth operation is extending the reach of the present incumbent beyond what is normal and helpful.

Reply to  Stephen Griffiths
2 years ago

It’s a direct replacement for David Porter, who’s announced he’s leaving. I have no view one way or the other on the number of staff at Lambeth, but this isn’t a new position.

Stephen Griffiths
Stephen Griffiths
Reply to  Harry
2 years ago

Thanks for the clarification. At a time when a lot of dioceses are having to be creative when it comes to appointing support staff, managing with a leaner central office, it would be good to see the ABC sharing in that approach. But that is not, it appears, his default leadership style. I note that the Bishop of Dover will also soon have two full time executive assistants. All justifiable I am sure, but also part of a culture that needs to be challenged. For me the high level of staffing at provincial level emphasises the vast inequality of spending… Read more »

Stanley Monkhouse
Reply to  Stephen Griffiths
2 years ago

Splendid use of “creative”, Stephen. Irregular verb: I am creative, you are ill-advised, he/she/it is crazy.

Reply to  Stephen Griffiths
2 years ago

This post could be a secondment from the Anglican Communion (with them picking up the salary cost) since apparently they are going to get a considerable chunk of ABC time.

Father Ron Smith
2 years ago

Equation: more bureaucracy = less democracy?

Last edited 2 years ago by Father Ron Smith
2 years ago

I sincerely hope that there will be many trenchant questions asked at this synod. The state of the Church of England and its lowering morale calls out for open and frank questioning. Some factual answers would help. Some examples, and I am sure others will have many. Can a breakdown, by diocese, be given of the cost of running Bishops’ offices and of Bishops’ expenses? What local initiatives in ecumenism are taking place in dioceses? Can numbers by diocese be given of parishes which have opted not to accept women priests and how does this compare with figures of five… Read more »

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