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General Synod - Summary of Business Conducted on Monday 26th February pm

 

The General Synod's February Group of Sessions began at 2pm, at Church House, Westminster.

The Archbishop of Canterbury led opening prayers before welcoming new members and guests.

 

INTRODUCTIONS

 

PROGRESS OF MEASURES AND STATUTORY INSTRUMENTS

 

PRESIDENTIAL ADDRESS

Text of the Archbishop of Canterbury's address

Audio of the Archbishop of Canterbury's address

 

 

REPORT BY THE BUSINESS COMMITTEE (GS 1635)

Preb Kay Garlick (Hereford) (Chair of the Business Committee) moved the report.

Following debate, the report was carried by the Synod.

Synod confirmed the following dates for Groups of Sessions in 2009 and 2010:

2009

9-13 February

10-14 July

16-18 November (if required)

2010

8-12 February

9-13 July

15-17 November (inauguration of the new Synod)

 

THE FUTURE OF TRIDENT: Report from the Mission and Public Affairs Council (GS 1644)

Following debate and an amendment, the motion below was carried by 206 votes to 38 after a count of the whole house:

‘That this Synod recognising the fundamental responsibility of Her Majesty’s Government to provide for the security of the country:

  1. welcome the response from the Mission and Public Affairs Council to the House of Commons Defence Select Committee’s inquiry expressing serious questions about the proposed renewal of the UK’s minimum deterrent;
  2. call on Christian people to make an informed contribution to the issues raised in The Future of Trident in the light of Christian teaching about Just War; and
  3. suggest to Her Majesty's Government that the proposed upgrading of Trident is contrary to the spirit of the United Kingdom's obligations in international law and the ethical principles underpinning them.'

Audio of session (apologies for poor sound quality towards end of session)

 

QUESTIONS

89 written questions were submitted by members of Synod. The responses for those questions not reached during the debate will be available online in the near future.

 

Audio of questions, including supplementaries