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General Synod debates, Sunday, 11 July, pm

General Synod debates, Sunday, 11 July, pmRESTORATIVE JUSTICE - STIPEND DIFFERENTIALS - ALTERNATIVE SOURCES OF FUNDING FOR MINISTERIAL TRAINING - ENABLING A WORLD OF DIFFERENCE

General Synod debates Saturday, July 10, pm

General Synod debates Saturday, July 10, pmThe Synod decided not to proceed with recommendations in the Clergy Discipline (Doctrine) Report but did encourage the Marriage Law Working Group to develop draft legislation on the basis of allowing couples to be married in parishes to which they have a demonstrable connection.

General Synod debates Saturday, July 10, am

General Synod debates Saturday, July 10, amThe Synod started the day with prayers and an exposition of Scripture by Dr David Hope, Archbishop of York, before working through a range of legislative business.

Statement on bishops' letter to the Prime Minister

Statement on bishops' letter to the Prime MinisterThe letter from the Archbishops to the Prime Minister was written on behalf of all the bishops of the Church of England and sets out their views on a range of issues relating to Iraq and the Middle East.

Bishop dismayed at Government dropping church school PFI scheme

Bishop dismayed at Government dropping church school PFI schemeThe Right Reverend Dr Kenneth Stevenson, Bishop of Portsmouth, chairman of the Church of England Board of Education and of the National Society, has expressed dismay at a Government decision to pull out of a scheme for rebuilding time-expired Church of England primary and secondary schools using the private finance initiative (PFI).

Trade justice report calls for church action

Trade justice report calls for church actionAn urgent call for local churches to campaign for justice in world trade is made in a new report written by Christian Aid and commissioned by the Church of England's Mission and Public Affairs Council.

Synod to debate Rethinking Sentencing report

Synod to debate Rethinking Sentencing reportHelping offenders face up to their crimes and repair the harm caused to their victims would not only ease the pressure on over-crowded prisons but provide a more effective means of reducing re-offending, according to a report to be debated by the General Synod in July.

Public policy and mission issues feature strongly in wide-ranging Synod agenda

Public policy and mission issues feature strongly in wide-ranging Synod agendaThe General Synod will grapple with serious public policy issues from restorative justice and trade justice, to European constitutional and ecumenical issues, drug misuse and domestic violence at its sessions in York from July 9-13. The outward looking agenda also includes debates on mission agencies and marriage law.

Regional training partnerships offer creative potential

Regional training partnerships offer creative potentialTheological education and ministerial training face a challenging and exciting future as the Church of England, Methodist Church and United Reformed Church combine to set up nine Regional Training Partnerships over the next two years.

Next Chairman of Liturgical Commission announced

Next Chairman of Liturgical Commission announcedThe Rt Revd Stephen Platten, Bishop of Wakefield, is to be the next Chairman of the Liturgical Commission. He will take over from the present Chairman, the Rt Revd David Stancliffe, Bishop of Salisbury, in November 2005.

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