Diocesan Synod Motions


[List correct as of 10 August 2016]


ANGLICAN COMMUNION COVENANT

NB: Chelmsford Diocesan Synod have now withdrwan their DSM on the Anglican Communion

to move on behalf of the Chelmsford Diocesan Synod:

'That this Synod:

(a) rejoice in the fellowship of the world-wide Anglican Communion, which is rooted in our shared worship and held together by bonds of affection and our common appeal to Scripture, tradition and reason;

(b) thank the Archbishop of Canterbury for his tireless efforts throughout the Communion to sustain and strengthen unity in difficult times; and

(c) call on the House of Bishops:

(i) to find ways to maintain and reinforce strong links across the world-wide Anglican Communion and to deepen the Church of England's involvement with the existing Communion ministries and networks (especially the continuing Indaba process);

(ii) to publicise and promote this work within the dioceses of the Church of England in order to broaden understanding of, and enthusiasm for, the Anglican Communion; and

(iii) to encourage a wide understanding of, and support for, the next Lambeth Conference. '

March 2012

NB: Chelmsford Diocesan Synod have now withdrwan their DSM on the Anglican Communion

[The Bath and Wells, Lincoln, London, Manchester, Newcastle Oxford and St Albans and Worcester Diocesan Synods passed a motion in identical terms.]


ANGLICAN COMMUNION COVENANT

to move on behalf of the Southwark Diocesan Synod:

'That this Synod:

(a) rejoice in the fellowship of the world-wide Anglican Communion, which is rooted in our shared worship and held together by bonds of affection and our common appeal to Scripture, tradition and reason, all as set out in Sections 1, 2 and 3 of the draft Anglican Communion Covenant;

(b) thank the Archbishop of Canterbury for his tireless efforts throughout the Communion to sustain and strengthen unity in difficult times; and

(c) call on the House of Bishops:

(i) to find ways to maintain and reinforce strong links across the world-wide Anglican Communion and to deepen the Church of England's involvement with the existing Communion ministries and networks (especially the continuing Indaba process);

(ii) to publicise and promote this work within the dioceses of the Church of England in order to broaden understanding of, and enthusiasm for, the Anglican Communion; and

(iii) to encourage a wide understanding of, and support for, the next Lambeth Conference.'

March 2012

 

ANGLICAN COMMUNION COVENANT

to move on behalf of the Guildford Diocesan Synod:

'That this Synod:

(a) rejoice in the fellowship of the world-wide Anglican Communion, which is rooted in our shared worship and held together by bonds of affection and our common appeal to Scripture, tradition and reason;

(b) thank the Archbishop of Canterbury for his tireless efforts throughout the Communion to sustain and strengthen unity in difficult times; and

(c) call on the House of Bishops:

(i) to find ways to maintain and reinforce strong links across the world-wide Anglican Communion and to deepen the Church of England's involvement with the existing Communion ministries and networks;

(ii) to publicise and promote this work within the dioceses of the Church of England in order to broaden understanding of, and enthusiasm for, the Anglican Communion; and

(iii) to encourage a wide understanding of, and support for, the next Lambeth Conference. '

April 2012


FOSSIL FUELS DISINVESTMENT

to move on behalf of the Oxford Diocesan Synod:

'That this Synod:

(a) urge the national investing bodies to disinvest from all coal companies (except those investing in carbon capture) and tar sand companies at the earliest opportunity;

(b) urge the national investing bodies to examine the possibility of disinvestment from oil companies but not before three years from now;

(c) urge the national investing bodies to examine the possibility of disinvestment from natural gas companies but not before five years from now; and

(d) call on parishes and individual Christians to take steps to encourage Her Majesty's Government and political parties to act quickly on climate change.'

December 2014

WELCOMING TRANSGENDER PEOPLE

…to move on behalf of the Blackburn Diocesan Synod:

'That this Synod, recognising the need for transgender people to be welcomed and affirmed in their parish church, call on the House of Bishops to consider whether some nationally commended liturgical materials might be prepared to mark a person's gender transition.'

April 2015


FIXED ODDS BETTING TERMINALS: REDUCTION OF MAXIMUM STAKE

...to move on behalf of the London Diocesan Synod:

'That this Synod, mindful of

(a) the destructive impact which accessible, high-stake machine gambling can have on families and whole communities and

(b) the widespread public concern about the very large amounts being wagered at fixed odds betting terminals located in high street betting shops,

call on Her Majesty's Government as a matter of urgency to bring forward proposals for the amendment of existing legislation to reduce very substantially from £100 the maximum amount which may be wagered on a single game at such terminals in order to reduce the risk of harm to large numbers of vulnerable people.'

April 2016


REVIEW OF THE ROLE OF THE CROWN NOMINATIONS COMMISSION

...to move on behalf of the Oxford Diocesan Synod:

'That this Synod invite the Archbishops to initiate a review into the role of the Crown Nominations Commission, including consideration of alternative methods of appointment for diocesan bishops.'

April 2016



COST OF APPLYING FOR CITIZENSHIP

...to move on behalf of the Birmingham Diocesan Synod:

'That this Synod:

(a) request the Archbishops' Council's Mission and Public Affairs Council to investigate the issues around the cost of applying for citizenship and to make recommendations to HM Government;

(b) encourage the Lords Spiritual actively to seek opportunities to address the level of citizenship fees in debate;

(c) urge parishes to raise the issue with their MP; and

(d) encourage parishes to continue to support those known to them who are struggling with the cost of citizenship fees without incurring debt and to signpost responsible lenders or local credit unions for advice.'

May 2016

 

THE ENVIRONMENT

...to move on behalf of the London Diocesan Synod:

'That this Synod:

(a)     recognise the escalating threat to God's creation from global warming and climate change, and the suffering caused, particularly that caused to the poor;

(b)     recall the previous resolution of  Synod, including 'to develop Shrinking the Footprint to enable the whole Church to address the issue of climate change';

(c)     call on the Environmental Working Group, supported by the national Shrinking the Footprint team and the Mission & Public Affairs Division:

(i)      to compile and submit a progress report to Synod upon action so far at national level;

(ii)          to prepare and submit a framework plan to the Archbishops' Council for the promotion, co-ordination and rapid acceleration of nationwide action by the Church to reduce its energy use and CO2 emissions;

(iii)        to establish and sustain a national system, operational by 2018, for annual reporting by parishes and dioceses of the energy consumption of cathedrals, churches and church halls as a minimum;  for calculation from data thus reported of the annual total of CO2 emissions; and for monitoring progress towards the Shrinking the Footprint targets for savings of 42% by 2020 and 80% by 2050;

and

(d)      call on the Archbishops' Council, urgently to assess and furnish such human and financial resources as may be proper and necessary to enable the aforesaid work by the Shrinking the Footprint team and Mission & Public Affairs Division."