On 9 February, the Church of England’s General Synod voted in favour of a motion welcoming the joint report, Mission and Ministry in Covenant, co-written by the two Churches’ faith and order bodies and published last year, setting out proposals on how clergy from each Church could become eligible to serve in the other. This updated post includes the text of the motion as finally agreed. Continue reading
The Church of England has issued the following statement on the safeguarding presentations at General Synod.
Safeguarding presentation at General Synod
The Bishop of Bath and Wells, Peter Hancock, the Church of England’s lead safeguarding bishop addressed February’s Synod on national developments and the Church’s preparation for the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse, IICSA. The Bishop of Gloucester, Rachel Treweek, the Bishop of Chichester, Martin Warner and Sir Roger Singleton, a member of the Church’s National Safeguarding Panel, also addressed Synod. Read the presentations below.
A week in which General Synod welcomed plans for mutual recognition of ministries with the Methodist Church – and the Masons got their aprons in a twist…
Anglicans and Methodists
The Church of England General Synod has voted in favour of a motion welcoming the joint report, Mission and Ministry in Covenant, co-written by the two Churches’ faith and order bodies and published last year, which sets out proposals for intercommunion and the interchange of presbyteral ministries. Continue reading
The week in which Rose Wild gave the blog a name-check (£, alas) in The Times…
…but we can give you unlimited free access to our original post, Paganism, religion and human rights.
Education and social cohesion and HM Chief Inspector
On Thursday, Amanda Spielman, HM Chief Inspector of Education, Children’s Services and Skills, made a speech at the conference of the Church of England Foundation for Education Leadership. Perhaps her major concern was the need to ensure that schools upheld “fundamental British values” and equality. She called for “a muscular liberalism” that had “no truck for ideologies that want to close minds or narrow opportunity”. We summarised her speech here, to which the CofE Press Release of the conference made only passing reference.
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A week in which the main theme seemed to be discrimination on grounds of gender or sexual orientation
Church of England to debate blessings for same-sex couples?
Last week, as we noted, the Hereford Diocesan Synod passed a resolution requesting the House of Bishops to initiate the formulation of a discretionary liturgy for use following the registration of a civil partnership or a same-sex marriage. The BBC subsequently reported this under the headline Church of England to discuss same-sex blessing, stating that “The general synod will now debate a form of service described as ‘neither contrary to nor a departure from’ the doctrine of the church”. Continue reading
Hereford Synod vote of significance to Church of England as a whole
On the evening of Thursday 19 October 2017, the Hereford Diocesan Synod passed, by a significant majority, a resolution to request the House of Bishops to initiate the formulation of a discretionary liturgy for use following the registration of a civil partnership or a same sex marriage. Details of the Diocesan Resolution and a link to the briefing paper approved by the Bishop’s Council, reproduced below, were reported by Thinking Anglicans. Continue reading