Environment on the agenda at General Synod

The environment is expected to be a major theme as General Synod starts its July sessions today (July 10th) at the University of York at 3pm.

There is a substantial tranche of legislative and liturgical business to be discharged before the dissolution of this Synod.

The environment theme will be launched with a presentation from the National Investing Bodies on Friday evening, there will be a Bible study based on the environment on Monday morning, and the sessions will conclude with two debates on environmental issues.

Other business scheduled includes:

A Private Member’s Motion calling on the Synod to take note of the Faith and Order Commission’s report Senior Leadership: a resource for reflection.

An invitation for Synod to give final approval to the Additional Baptism texts – the Additional Texts for Holy Baptism in Accessible Language were prepared in response to a Liverpool Diocesan Synod Motion carried by the General Synod in February 2011.

A presentation from the Committee for Minority Ethnic Anglican Concerns focused on increasing the representation of minority ethnic Anglicans in all sectors of the Church’s ministry and activity

A presentation from the National Society – Development of Teaching and Educational Leadership Partnerships. These would enable a nationally co-ordinated programme of training and development opportunities to promote an Anglican vision of education and equip teachers and leaders to deliver it more effectively.

To see the full agenda go to: https://www.churchofengland.org/media/2248871/gs%201988%20-%20business%20committee%20report%20july%202015.pdf

The sessions will begin with an act of worship in the Central Hall. On Sunday morning there will be a celebration of Holy Communion at York Minster at which the Archbishop of York will preside and Archbishop of Canterbury will preach.