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General Synod debates, Tuesday, 13 July

General Synod debates, Tuesday, 13 JulyThe Synod spent its last morning on liturgical matters, revising the Weekday Lectionary and commenting on a new compendium of additional service material for use through the seasons of both the church year and the farming year, before ending its sitting with a debate on the misuse of drugs.

General Synod debates, Monday, 12 July, pm

General Synod debates, Monday, 12 July, pmThe Synod debated new worship material for initiation services, voted to join the Trade Justice Movement, and called for the Church to speak out against the evil of domestic violence. The day concluded with a debate on the Church of England and Europe.

General Synod debates, Monday, 12 July, am

General Synod debates, Monday, 12 July, amThe Synod spent the morning discussing financial matters before tackling an additional private members motion calling on the Royal Mail to issue Christmas stamps with Christian themes every year.

General Synod debates, Sunday, 11 July, pm

General Synod debates, Sunday, 11 July, pmRESTORATIVE JUSTICE - STIPEND DIFFERENTIALS - ALTERNATIVE SOURCES OF FUNDING FOR MINISTERIAL TRAINING - ENABLING A WORLD OF DIFFERENCE

York Synod sessions begin

York Synod sessions beginThe General Synod began its summer sessions in York last night, Friday, July 9, by giving the Business Committee a steer on how the Synod's procedures could be made more effective and appointing the nominees to chair three of its committees.

General Synod debates Saturday, July 10, pm

General Synod debates Saturday, July 10, pmThe Synod decided not to proceed with recommendations in the Clergy Discipline (Doctrine) Report but did encourage the Marriage Law Working Group to develop draft legislation on the basis of allowing couples to be married in parishes to which they have a demonstrable connection.

General Synod debates Saturday, July 10, am

General Synod debates Saturday, July 10, amThe Synod started the day with prayers and an exposition of Scripture by Dr David Hope, Archbishop of York, before working through a range of legislative business.

Statement on bishops' letter to the Prime Minister

Statement on bishops' letter to the Prime MinisterThe letter from the Archbishops to the Prime Minister was written on behalf of all the bishops of the Church of England and sets out their views on a range of issues relating to Iraq and the Middle East.

Bishop dismayed at Government dropping church school PFI scheme

Bishop dismayed at Government dropping church school PFI schemeThe Right Reverend Dr Kenneth Stevenson, Bishop of Portsmouth, chairman of the Church of England Board of Education and of the National Society, has expressed dismay at a Government decision to pull out of a scheme for rebuilding time-expired Church of England primary and secondary schools using the private finance initiative (PFI).

Trade justice report calls for church action

Trade justice report calls for church actionAn urgent call for local churches to campaign for justice in world trade is made in a new report written by Christian Aid and commissioned by the Church of England's Mission and Public Affairs Council.