Saturday, June 21, 2014

England’s Synod agenda built around women bishop question

Anglican Communion News Service
June 20, 2014

The General Synod of the Church of England meets in York in July for a five day meeting July 11-15.

The agenda for the meeting was published June 20. The agenda is constructed around a sequence of legislative business on women in the episcopate. This will begin on the afternoon of July 11 with the Report by the Business Committee on the Article 8 Reference to the dioceses.
This will be followed by the Final Drafting Stage for the Measure and Amending Canon.

The House of Bishops will meet on the morning of July 12 for its consideration of the draft legislation under Article 7 of the Synod’s Constitution. The agenda allows alternative scenarios for the afternoon of July 13 to enable the Convocations and the House of Laity to debate the draft legislation if they claim a reference under Article 7. If these stages are completed, the Synod will take the Final Approval stage during the morning of July 14.

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