Private Members' Motions

Private Members' Motions (PMMs) are one of a number of ways that debates can be brought to the attention of the General Synod. Private Members Motions fall under Special Agenda III. The other Special Agendas include Legislative Business (Special Agenda I), Liturgical Business (Special Agenda II), and Diocesan Synod Motions (Special Agenda IV).

Any member of the General Synod can write and submit a PMM. In order to decide whether a PMM should be put on the General Synod's agenda, the Business Committee requires a minimum of 100 expressions of interest in support for the motion to be debated in the form of signatures. By putting their name to particular motions, members are signalling that they think they should be debated. Information on how Synod members can sign PMMs can be found on the Members' Resources page.

When putting together the agenda for the next meeting of the Synod, the Business Committee considers the number of signatures each motion has received. Generally there is only space for one or two PMMs for debate in each meeting of the General Synod (group of sessions). While the motion with the most signatures is often the one selected, another may be selected if it has attracted considerable support (it might, for example, be more time-critical).

A motion that has been open for signature for three groups of sessions expires if it has not attracted 100 signatures.

Listed below are the current Private Members' Motions. These can be signed electronically by using the webform below, emailing [email protected] or via the General Synod app.

Current Private Members' Motions

Bullying by lay officers
Clergy pensions
Funeral fees
Inquiry into allegations of abuse within the Soul Survivor network
LGBTQIA+ and relationship education
Reform of Diocesan Working Practices
Remove divorce impediment to ordination
Request for the Archbishop of Canterbury to resign
Vocations process and issues in human sexuality

Support a debate

By filling in and submitting the following form, Synod members are including his or her name on the list of members who support a debate on the selected PMM.


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