Private Members' Motions

Private Members' Motions explained

Private Members' Motions (PMMs) are one of a number of ways debates can be brought to the attention of the General Synod.

Any member of the General Synod can write and submit a PMM. In order to decide whether a PMM should be put on the General Synod's agenda the Business Committee requires a minimum of 100 expressions of interest in support for the motion to be debated in the form of signatures. By putting their name to particular motions, members are signalling that they think they should be debated. Information on how Synod members can sign PMMs can be found on the Members' Resources page.

When putting together the agenda for the next meeting of the Synod, the Business Committee thinks about the number of signatures each motion has received. Generally there is only space for one or two PMMs to be debated in each meeting of the General Synod (group of sessions). While the motion with the most signatures is often the one selected there can be reasons for selecting another that has also attracted considerable support (it might, for example, be more time-critical).

Once a motion has been open for signature for three groups of sessions, if it has not attracted 100 signatures, it expires. 

Below are all the current Private Members' Motions. The number of signatures received was last updated on 30 November 2017.

 

Current Private Members' Motions

Same sex relationships after the Shared Conversations

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Biblical understanding of marriage and sexual relationships

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Review of the 'Five Guiding Principles'

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Clergy Pensions

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Inclusion of disabled people

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Fostering entrepreneurship

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Encouraging youth evangelism

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Responding well to survivors of sexual abuse

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Homeless Task Force

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Private Members Motions fall under Special Agenda III. The other Special Agendas are: Legislative Business (Special Agenda I); Liturgical Business (Special Agenda II); and Diocesan Synod Motions (Special Agenda IV)