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General Synod: Monday afternoon

LEGISLATIVE BUSINESS

DRAFT BISHOPS AND PRIESTS (CONSECRATION AND ORDINATION OF WOMEN) MEASURE AND DRAFT AMENDING CANON NO. 33

Article 7 and Article 8 business

Draft Measure and draft Amending Canon for Final Approval

Resumed debate

DRAFT BISHOPS AND PRIESTS (ORDINATION AND CONSECRATION OF WOMEN) MEASURE (GS 1925B)

The Chair of the Steering Committee, the Bishop of Rochester (the Rt Revd James Langstaff) moved:

'That the Measure entitled "Bishops and Priests (Consecration and Ordination of Women) Measure" be finally approved.'

which was approved after a vote by the Synod.

The voting numbers were as follows:

House of Bishops: 37 for, 2 against, 1 abstention

House of Clergy: 162 for, 25 against, 4 abstentions

House of Laity: 152 for, 45 against, 5 abstentions

 

DRAFT AMENDING CANON NO. 33 (GS 1926B)

The Chair of the Steering Committee, the Bishop of Rochester (the Rt Rev James Langstaff) moved:

'That the Canon entitled "Amending Canon No. 33" be finally approved.'

which was approved after a vote by the Synod.

The voting numbers were as follows:

House of Bishops: 37 for, 2 against, 1 abstention

House of Clergy: 164 for, 24 against, 3 abstentions

House of Laity: 153 for, 40 against, 8 abstentions

and

'That the petition for Her Majesty's Royal Assent and Licence (GS 1926C) be adopted.'

 

DRAFT ACT OF SYNOD RESCINDING THE EPISCOPAL MINISTRY ACT OF SYNOD 1993 (GS 1934A)

Article 7 business

Draft Act of Synod for Final Approval
(Preliminary Consideration at the February 2014 group of sessions)

The Bishop of Rochester moved:

'That the draft Act of Synod rescinding the Episcopal Ministry Act of Synod 1993 be approved.'

which was clearly carried.

 

The Archbishop of York, being in the Chair, moved:

'That the Act of Synod rescinding the Episcopal Ministry Act of Synod 1993 be solemly affirmed and proclaimed an Act of Synod.'

which was clearly carried.

 

DIOCESAN SYNOD MOTIONS

MAGNA CARTA (GS 1945A AND GS 1945B)

Mr Keith Malcouronne (Guildford) moved on behald of the Guildford Diocesan Synod:

'That this Synod:

(a) recognise the 800th Anniversary, on 15 June 2015, of the sealing of the Magna Carta at Runnymede as an important opportunity to celebrate the Charter's principles - which established that the English Church and all our citizens shall live in freedom and have contributed to human flourishing in this country and around the world;

(b) urge dioceses, deaneries, parishes and other church bodies to affirm the significant part played by the Church through Archbishop Stephen Langton and the Bishops in the Charter's formulation and implementation and warmly commend the continued engagement of the Church in transforming community at national, regional and local level - which might include projects such as food banks, debt relief, community kitchens and other ways of caring with Christ's love for those in need or facing exploitation;

(c) urge members of congregations to exercise their civic duty by engaging positively and creatively with local and national politics;

(d) encourage churches to seek to increase the number of people voting in elections, for example, by hosting hustings and supporting National Voter Registration Day (5 February); and;

(e) welcome with enthusiasm the events throughout 2015 already being organised by dioceses, deaneries, parishes and local authorities to mark the Magna Carta and encourage dioceses, deaneries , parishes and other church bodies to undertake further local initiatives around the Anniversary - which might include street parties, community fairs or pageants, and the ringing of Church and Cathedral bells.'

 

which was approved, with amendments shown in italics.

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