Private Members' Motions

Debates at General Synod can be triggered in a variety of ways. One of these is for a member of the Synod to table a 'Private Member's Motion' (PMM). In order to ascertain the degree of interest in each motion, the Synod's Business Committee arranges for the text of a motion to be available, during each group of sessions, together with a list that is open for 'signature' by other members of the Synod. It is also possible for members to sign PMMs electronically between groups of sessions. (Details of how to do this can be found in the resources section on the right-hand side) By putting their name to particular motions, members are signalling that they think they should be debated.

When putting together the agenda for the next meeting of the Synod, the Business Committee has regard to the number of signatures each motion has received in deciding which should be debated (generally there is only space for one or two PMMs to be debated in each group of sessions). While the motion with the most signatures is often the one selected there can be reasons for selecting another that has also attracted considerable support (it might, for example, be more time-critical).

Once a motion has been open for signature for three groups of session, it is removed from the Agenda if it has not attracted 100 signatures.


Private Members' Motions
(List correct as of 18 February 2014
)

PUBLIC DOCTRINE OF CHRISTIAN MARRIAGE
REGISTRATION OF CIVIL PARTNERSHIPS

CANON B 8
RE-EVANGELISATION OF ENGLAND
GIRL GUIDES' PROMISE
CANON B38

 

PUBLIC DOCTRINE OF CHRISTIAN MARRIAGE (February 2012)
Mrs Andrea Minichiello Williams (Chichester) to move

'That this Synod affirm the public doctrine of Christian marriage, between a man and a woman, as set out in the Book of Common Prayer as the only basis for engagement with public policy on marriage and family life.'

140 signatures

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REGISTRATION OF CIVIL PARTNERSHIPS (February 2012)
Mr John Ward (London) to move:

That this Synod:
(a) give its general consent, pursuant to regulation 2D of the Marriages and Civil Partnerships (Approved Premises) Regulations 2005, to any application made in respect of a church or chapel of the Church of England for approval as a place at which two people may register as civil partners of each other; and

(b) require the Clerk to the Synod forthwith to publish evidence of this consent in writing.

130 signatures

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 CANON B 8 (November 2012)
The Revd Christopher Hobbs (London) to move:

'That this Synod call on the Business Committee to introduce draft legislation to amend the law relating to the vesture of ministers so that, without altering the principles set out in paragraphs 1 and 2 of Canon B 8, the wearing of the forms of vesture referred to in paragraphs 3, 4 and 5 of that Canon becomes optional rather than mandatory.'

118 signatures

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RE-EVANGELISATION OF ENGLAND (July 2013)
The Revd Stephen Trott (Peterborough) to move:

'That this Synod wish to make the re-evangelisation of England an urgent priority and to that end call for a new Mission and Growth Measure to enable the Church Commissioners to promote the planting of new churches and the resourcing of existing churches for their calling both to serve the nation and to advance the Great Commission in Matthew 28. 18-20.'


46 signature

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CANON B 38 (February 2014)
The Revd Canon Dr Michael Parsons (Gloucester) to move:

'That this Synod call on the Business Committee to introduce legislation to amend Canon B 38 so as to allow those who have taken their own lide, whatever the circumstances, to be buried in accordance with the rites of the Church of England.'

37 signatures

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