A by-election to fill the casual vacancy in the House of Clergy created by the retirement of the Venerable Philip Down is now under way. Nomination papers have now been issued and a timetable for the election can be found here.
The General Synod, which comprises a House of Bishops, a House of Clergy and a House of Laity, with representatives from all English Dioceses, meets 2-3 times a year to consider legislation for the Church of England along with worship and matters of national and international importance. More information.
Reform and Renewal is a series of proposals about the future of the Church of England which are being discussed in Dioceses and will be debated at General Synod from the Autumn onwards – read the summary paper here.
Congratulations to the newly elected General Synod representatives 2015-2020. Please wish them well for the forthcoming quinquennium.
- General Synod Report by David Kemp – February 2015
- General Synod Report by Sally Muggeridge – November 2014
- General Synod Report by Sally Muggeridge – July 2014
- General Synod Reflections by David Kemp – February 2014
- General Synod Reflections by Sally Muggeridge – November 2012
- General Synod Summary by Caroline Spencer – July 2012
- General Synod Reflections by David Kemp – February 2012
Bishop Trevor Wilmott writes . . .
Who needs the General Synod? The answer is we do. We, the Church at every level of our shared life, parish, deanery, diocese and national. Why? Because the Synod, for all of its failings and shortcomings, holds within the seed of all that we are called to be as Church. God’s people, lay and ordained, meeting together, praying together, consulting together. Not a structure to help the Church be more effective – though hopefully that might be a welcome off shoot of its life. Not a place where the minority go to infuse their will on the majority. But a genuine Synod, travelling the road of Jesus Christ in shared companionship.
On this page you will find a booklet which helpfully describes the workings of Synod and encourages people to get involved. I would be grateful if you could share this booklet with others in your church. Please also look at the website: www.generalsynodelections2010.org which contains a wealth of information.
The forthcoming elections later this year will be crucial. Not solely because the next Synod may have the critical responsibility of deciding on some important issues which currently lie before us but because we need the Synod to be fully representative of our common life. I hope, therefore, that we shall have lively contested elections in each of the houses of laity and clergy. I hope that all of us will take the opportunities afforded to question those who will be standing. Above all else, I ask you to pray with me earnestly over these next months for the refreshment of God’s Holy Spirit in this vital aspect of our shared life.
With every blessing