General Synod February 2020 news and stories

Find all the news, stories and press releases relating to the February 2020 meeting of General Synod here.
  1. General Synod - London

    Legal aid an ‘essential service’ that should be preserved for the ‘benefit of the nation’, Synod votes


    Changes to the legal aid system have left some of the most vulnerable groups in society without access to the justice system, the General Synod heard today.

  2. Archbishop of York - John Sentamu

    Archbishop of Canterbury pays tribute to the Archbishop of York


    The Archbishop of Canterbury has paid tribute to the Archbishop of York in General Synod earlier today at what would have been his final Synod.



  3. The Deans of Jersey and the Bishop of Salisbury in conversation

    General Synod approves Channel Islands legislation


    The General Synod of The Church of England has approved legislation following the Archbishop’s Commission on the relationship of the Channel Islands to the wider Church of England.

  4. Zumba  Class at Blackburn Cathedral

    Church of England backs sports ministry


    Sports and fitness activities are to be championed as part of plans by the Church of England to reach more people with the message of the Christian faith and promote the wellbeing of communities, it is announced today.

  5. General Synod - London

    General Synod calls on Government to act over ‘pauper' funerals


    The General Synod today called on the Government to end the ‘cruel’ experience of so-called ‘pauper' funerals in a debate where members heard of the plight of those unable to afford funeral costs.

  6. General Synod sets 2030 Net Zero carbon target


    The Church of England’s General Synod has set new targets for all parts of the church to work to become carbon ‘net zero’ by 2030. 

  7. Safeguarding statement from the Church of England.

    Overwhelming support for Synod safeguarding motion


    General Synod voted unanimously today to endorse the Church’s response to the five recommendations from IICSA and urged its national safeguarding steering group to work towards a more fully survivor-centred approach to safeguarding, including arrangements for redress for survivors.

  8. General Synod - London

    General Synod votes to apologise over racism


    The General Synod voted today to apologise for racism experienced by black and minority ethnic people in the Church of England since the arrival of the Windrush generation.

  9. Lincoln Cathedral

    Cathedrals proposals move forward


    New measures to strengthen governance and operational frameworks for England’s cathedrals have taken the next step towards formal implementation.

  10. View of the Assembly hall during General Synod from the balcony

    Covenant for Clergy Care and Wellbeing declared Act of Synod


    Measures to promote awareness of the dangers of stress and burnout amongst clergy are to be debated by the 42 Church of England dioceses following a landmark vote today by the General Synod.