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General Synod - Summary of Business Conducted on Monday 10th July pm

FAITHFUL CITIES: The Report of the Commission on Urban Life and Faith (GS 1611)

Presentation under Standing Order 97 by Baroness Richardson, chair of the Commission, and the Archbishop of York.


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The sitting was adjourned to enable group work on Faithful Cities to take place.


A motion was moved by the Archbishop of York. After debate, the following amended motion was carried:

'That this Synod

(a) commend Faithful Cities: A call for celebration, vision and justice to the dioceses and to the wider Church for study and action;

(b) ask the Mission and Public Affairs Council to convene a group to provide additional input on the theology and practice of urban mission;

(c) encourage dioceses, deaneries and parishes to use the report as a resource for debate and dialogue with national and local government, and other partners, on the future of our towns and cities;

(d) renew the Church of England's commitment to a pattern of mission and ministry in urban areas which includes dynamic and prophetic partnerships with all who seek human flourishing;

(e) urge Her Majesty's Government to renew its efforts to address grave inequalities in health, education, housing, culture and income which exist in our society; and

(f) ask the Archbishops' Council to report at the July 2007 group of sessions of the Synod on the steps needed to take forward the report's recommendations and their implications.'


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Evening session:


Presentation under Standing Order 97 by Professor David MacClean.

Following the presentation, Professor MacClean took questions.


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