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General Synod - Summary of business conducted on Saturday 7th July PM

LEGISLATIVE BUSINESS

DRAFT CLERGY DISCIPLINE (AMENDMENT) MEASURE - DRAFT MEASURE FOR FINAL DRAFTING AND FINAL APPROVAL

Draft measure for Final Drafting and Final Approval (Revised at the February 2012 group of sessions)

Report by the Steering Committee

Final Drafting

The Bishop of Guildford (Chair of the Steering Committee) moved:

'That the Synod do take note of this Report.'

Following debate, the motion was clearly carried.

Amendments

Two amendments were carried:

In the new section 8(8), leave out the words "and (9) below"

For the new paragraph (a) in section 30(1) inserted by clause 4(2), substitute the following paragraph:

a) is convicted, -

(i) whether in England of elsewhere, of any offence for which a sentence of imprisonment (including one which is not implemented immediately) is passed on him, or

(ii) of any offence, other than a summary offence, committed in England and Wales; or".

Final Approval

The Bishop of Guildford moved:

'That the Measure entitled "Clergy Discipline (Amendment) Measure" be finally approved.'

Following a division by Houses, the motion was carried.

Laity, Clergy, Bishops
For: 100, 90, 22
Against: 2, 0, 0
Abstentions: 1, 0, 0


DRAFT DIOCESE IN EUROPE MEASURE

Draft Measure for Revision (First Consideration at the February 2012 group of sessions)

Clauses 1 - 3

A member of the Steering Committee moved en bloc:

'That clauses 1-3 stand part of the Measure.'

Following one speech, the motion was was carried.

Long Title

A member of the Steering Committee moved:

'That the Long Title stand part of the Measure.'

The motion was carried.

Draft Measure for Final Approval

Canon David Froude (Bristol) (Chair of the Steering Committee) moved:

'That the Measure entitled 'Diocese in Europe Measure' be finally approved.'

Following debate and a division by House, the motion was carried:

Laity, Clergy, Bishops
For: 105, 86, 22
Against: 1, 1, 0
Abstentions: 0, 1, 0


DRAFT CHURCH OF ENGLAND (MISCELLANEOUS PROVISIONS) MEASURE

Draft Measure for First Consideration

The Revd Paul Benfield (Blackburn) (Chair of the Steering Committee) moved:

'That the Measure entitled "Church of England (Miscellaneous Provisions) Measure" be considered for revision in committee.'

Following debate, the motion was carried. 


DRAFT AMENDING CANON NO. 31

Draft Amending Canon for First Consideration

The Revd Paul Benfield (Blackburn) (Chair of the Steering Committee) moved:

'That the Canon entitled "Amending Canon No. 31" be considered for revision in committee.'

Following debate, the motion was carried. 


THE CHURCH OF ENGLAND FUNDED PENSION SCHEME (AMENDMENT) RULES 2012

Dr Jonathan Spencer (ex officio) (Chair of the Church of England Pensions Board) moved:

'That the Church of England Funded Pensions Scheme (Amendment) Rules 2012 be approved.'

Following debate, the motion was carried. 

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CHURCH COMMISSIONERS' ANNUAL REPORT

Presentation under Standing Order 97.

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CONTINGENCY BUSINESS: PAROCHIAL CHURCH COUNCILS (POWERS) MEASURE 1956

The Revd Christopher Hobbs (London) moved:

'That this Synod call on the Archbishops' Council to bring forward legislation to amend the Parochial Church Councils (Powers) Measure 1956 so as to permit a PCC which is a registered charity to acquire and hold any interest in land and any interest in personal property to be held on permanent trusts, without any requirement for the interest to be vested in the diocesan authority.'

Following debate, the motion was adjourned.

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FRESH EXPRESSIONS AND CHURCH GROWTH: REPORT FROM THE MISSION AND PUBLIC AFFAIRS COUNCIL to which is appended FRESH EXPRESSIONS IN THE MISSION OF THE CHURCH

The Bishop of St Albans moved:

'That this Synod, recognizing fresh expressions as authentic manifestations of Anglican ecclesiology:

(a) express gratitude to the Fresh Expressions team for its leadership, inspiration and effectiveness as catalyst to over 1,000 fresh expressions within the Church of England, and many more ecumenically;

(b) affirm the mixed economy of church as an enduring model for ministry and mission into the future;

(c) call upon the Archbishops' Council and House of Bishops to ensure that the report Fresh Expressions in the Mission of the Church and its recommendations are incorporated into the programme to "re-imagine ministry" and are reflected in the future work of the Ministry Division, the Mission and Public Affairs Council and other National Church Institutions; and

(d) request the Archbishops' Council to report to the Synod before July 2014 on how the Fresh Expressions team's legacy is to be secured within the life of the Church.'

The Very Revd David Brindley (Deans) moved as an amendment:

'After paragraph (b) insert as a new paragraph -

"(c) affirm that radical social action and comment are essential elements of the Biblical witness and Christian tradition, and therefore of any ecclesiology;".' 

Following debate and a division of Synod, the amendment was carried.

For: 201
Against: 112
Abstentions: 14

Following debate on the amended motion, the motion was carried.

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