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Synod approves motion to support girl guides promise action

The General Synod has today approved a private members motion moved by Mrs Alison Ruoff on a new promise introduced by Girl Guides UK in September 2013.

Mrs Ruoff today asked Synod to agree with her concerns raised by the change in Promise, calling on the Synod to approve her motion that 'this Synod believe that girls of all ages in the Girlguiding Movement should not suffer discrimination but be able to continue to promise to love God when enrolled.' The motion was amended during the debate with the amended motion receiving the support of Mrs Ruoff.

Speaking in today's debate Mrs Ruoff said that "it seems to me to be absolute discrimination against the girls and their leaders."

"I am only asking that the girls and their leaders be accorded choice when making or renewing their promise."

Synod voted in favour of an amended motion that read:

'That this Synod:

(a) congratulate  Girlguiding on its recent Centenary and applaud the work in helping girls and young women to take their place as full and responsible members of their communities;

(b) believe that girls and women of all ages in the Girlguiding Movement should be able to continue to promise to love God when enrolled; and

(c) commend the suggestion that, when a member chooses so to do, the Promise may be prefaced with the phrase "In the presence of God I make my Guide Promise".'


ENDS

Notes to editors:
Details of the Synod motion can be read here:
http://www.churchofengland.org/media/1910046/gs%201943a%20-%20girl%20guides%20promise%20pmm.pdf

A further background note is available here:
http://www.churchofengland.org/media/1910059/gs%201943b%20-%20girl%20guides%20promise%20pmm.pdf

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