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.

(Updated 12 May 2017)

 

OPEN PROCESS AND JUSTICE IN INVESTIGATIONS
Mr Martin Sewell (Rochester) to move:

'That this Synod regret that it can have no confidence in the investigation conducted on behalf of the Church of England into the allegations against the late Bishop Bell by reason of its lack of transparency and accountability, and affirm that: (a) openness of process is the cornerstone of confidence in all such investigations; (b) a Church of Justice must hold rigorously to the principle of equal fairness to accuser and accused alike; and (c) there is no dissonance in logic or in law between: (i) the preservation of individual accuser anonymity; and (ii) the public interest in ensuring fair procedures and a transparent system of justice which clearly explains its processes, discloses the substance of the evidence and the reasons for its conclusions.

July 2016
48 signatures

To add your signature to this PMM, please send an email by clicking here and giving your name, General Synod number and diocese.

 

CONVERSION THERAPY

Ms Jayne Ozanne (Oxford) to move:

'That this Synod:

(a) endorse the statement of 16 January 2017 signed by The UK Council for Psychotherapy, The Royal College of General Practitioners and others that the practice of conversion therapy has no place in the modern world, is unethical, harmful and not supported by evidence; and

(b) call upon the Archbishops' Council to become a co-signatory to the statement on behalf of the Church of England.

February 2017

140 signatures


To add your signature to this PMM, please send an email by clicking here and giving your name, General Synod number and diocese.

 

SCHOOLS ADMISSION CODE

The Revd Tiffer Robinson (St Edmundsbury and Ipswich) to move:

'That this Synod:

(a) call upon the secretary of State to include provision in the Schools Admission Code requiring admission authorities to allocate places to children of clergy and other workers who are required to live in tied accommodation, and are moving into the authority's area, in advance of the family arriving in the area; and

(b) call on all admissions authorities to accept letters of appointment as proof of residence ahead of the children of clergy and other workers who are required to live in tied accommodation moving to the area.'

February 2017

135 signatures

To add your signature to this PMM, please send an email by clicking here and giving your name, General Synod number and diocese.

 

SAME SEX RELATIONSHIPS AFTER THE SHARED CONVERSATIONS

Mr Anthony Archer (St Albans) to move:

'That this Synod:

(i) having participated in the concluding stages of the Shared Conversations on scripture, mission and human sexuality; and

(ii) noting the reaction to the report Marriage and Same Sex Relationships after the Shared Conversations (GS 2055)

request the House of Bishops to bring for debate by July 2018 a set of forward looking proposals on same-sex relationships (such as proposals to be developed by a broadly-based group representing the diversity of views on Synod and in the wider Church) that will command confidence by:

(a) affirming the positive contribution that LGBTI Christians make in the life of the Church; and

(b) reflecting the differing interpretations of scripture.'

February 2017

120 signatures

To add your signature to this PMM, please send an email by clicking here and giving your name, General Synod number and diocese.

 

BIBLICAL UNDERSTANDING OF MARRIAGE AND SEXUAL RELATIONSHIPS

Mr Edward Shaw (Bristol) to move:

'That this Synod, convinced that all people without exception are loved by God and made in His image and are invited to fullness of life through faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, affirm:

(a) its rejection of the fear or dislike of anyone on the basis of their sexual orientation.

(b) the radically inclusive nature of Jesus's ministry and message to all people: "The Kingdom of God is near. Repent and believe the good news!"

(c) that marriage, as defined by Jesus, is the lifelong sexual union of a man and a woman.

(d) that both those who marry and those who are single, as Jesus Himself was, can enjoy Christ-like relationships and the fullness of life which He offers all.

(e) that all Christians should repent of any sexual activity outside marriage, in the assurance of God's loving forgiveness in Christ.

(f) that all God's holy people are called to live out this calling, for their own good and for the life of the world they are called to serve.'

March 2017

78 signatures

To add your signature to this PMM, please send an email by clicking here and giving your name, General Synod number and diocese.

 

REVIEW OF THE 'FIVE GUIDING PRINCIPLES'

Mr David Lamming (St Edmundsbury and Ipswich) to move:

'That this Synod:

(a) share the sadness and regret of the Rt Revd Philip North in his decision, announced on 9 March 2017, to withdraw acceptance of his nomination to the See of Sheffield;

(b) note the substantial support for Bishop North's nomination from many women and men, lay and ordained, in the dioceses of both Sheffield and Blackburn, and in the wider Church of England;

(c) express its full support for Bishop North in his future ministry, whether in the Blackburn diocese or elsewhere;

(d) note, with concern, the implications of Bishop North's decision, and the public debate that preceded it, for the 'mutual flourishing' of the Church of England; and

(e) request the House of Bishops urgently to review the 'Five Guiding Principles' and to consider whether they need to be amended or amplified in order to ensure that there is an equal place at all levels in the Church for men and women of different theological convictions on the issue of women's ordination, and to report to the Synod by February 2018.

March 2017

48 signatures

To add your signature to this PMM, please send an email by clicking here and giving your name, General Synod number and diocese.