Diocesan Synod Motions

What is a DSM?

Diocesan Synod Motions (DSMs) are motions passed by diocesan synods that have been referred to the General Synod. Once a DSM has been referred to the General Synod it will not come off the Agenda until it is either debated or withdrawn by the proposing diocese.

Current DSMs

Reduce Parochial Fees for Marriages
Prisoner Rehabilitation Schemes
Responding to the Climate Emergency
Eco-Diocese Programme
Parochial Fees
Future of Work
Kairos Palestine
Code of Conduct for PCCs
Day of prayer and action for the persecuted church
Safer Recruitment for PCCS and SYNODS
Church Buildings
Food Banks and Inadequacies in Social Security
Rest Periods for Office Holders
Synod Code of Conduct

Diocesan Synod Motions are listed under the General Synod's Special Agenda IV. The other Special Agendas are: Legislative Business (Special Agenda I); Liturgical Business (Special Agenda II); and Private Members Motions (Special Agenda III).

Diocesan Synod

Body consisting of clergy and lay representatives elected from across the diocese

General Synod

The 'Parliament' of the Church of England. The General Synod usually meets twice a year to debate and discuss matters of interest and to consider and approve amendments to Church legislation.

Anglican Communion

Global family of Anglican Churches whose links include their relationship to the Archbishop of Canterbury.