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Jul 14, These were all agreed by Synod. A related issue of a more centralised approach to Safeguarding did not gain much support largely on the. General Synod meeting in Central Hall, York. The national The General Synod is the national assembly of the Church of England. It came into being in Feb 5, General Synod meets at Church House, London, in February The synod Who attends the synod and how often does it meet? There are.
A third meeting is sometimes held in London in November. What does it do? It debates church business, relations with other churches, and topical issues.
It also elects some members to the Archbishops' Council.
Have there been any controversial synods? In the general synod voted to ordain women priests by a margin of just two votes. In it passed the Act of Synod setting up an official structure to enable parishes to refuse women's ministry. Recent meetings have been dominated by rows over the Church's attitude to homosexuality.
What's on the agenda this time? Before the storm over sharia law, Dr Williams was expected to tackle issues facing the Anglican Communion in the run-up to the forthcoming Lambeth Conference, including problems faced by the Anglican Church in Zimbabwe. Other issues up for debate include government plans to extend detention without charge of terrorist suspects, mental health services, and policy on casinos. Terms of service for clergy and plans for limiting the prime minister's say over senior Church of England appointments will be also be discussed along with the Anglican Covenant, which proposes a new structure for dealing with disputes within the worldwide church - such as the row over gay priests.
Is there anything unusual about it? It is the only body with powers delegated from parliament to pass so-called "measures" which are incorporated into English law. They have the full force and effect of an act of parliament and can apply to any Church-related matter. The arrangement exists because the Church of England is the "established" or state Church. How does the process work? MPs and peers can vote to agree or reject a measure, but cannot amend it.
Once agreed by both houses of parliament, it goes for Royal Assent and becomes law.
General Synods of the United Church of Christ
Who attends the synod and how often does it meet? There are members divided into three houses: Lay members are the largest element and are elected by dioceses.
Each synod is elected for five years. A third meeting is sometimes held in London in November. The archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welbywho has championed the proposals, said: Only six lay members need to have changed their minds since the last vote, inwhen proponents of female bishops failed by a small margin to gain the required majorities in all three voting sections of the synod.
Soundings conducted by pressure groups and the Church Times suggest that this has happened, after simplified legislation was introduced that seemed to give both sides greater clarity.
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A diocesan bishop, speaking on condition of anonymity, said: Bonkers is another word I would use. It will provoke such a crisis nationally if it fails to go through this time.
It would do irreparable damage to the church.
People will simply not think we're credible and we won't be. A change of culture is extremely difficult.