General Synod report Nov 2015

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undefinedThe Queen called for unity among Christians at her address at the opening of the newly-elected General Synod recently. She said "The last synod will be particularly remembered for the way in which, after prolonged reflection and conversation, even in the midst of deep disagreements, it was able to approve the legislation to enable women to be consecrated as bishops."

Her Majesty added: "This new synod too will have to grapple with the difficult issues confronting our church and our world. On some of these there will be many different views."

The Bishop of Stockport, the Rt Revd Libby Lane  – who was the first woman to be consecrated as a bishop the Church of England’s history – took part in this week's General Synod. She read the gospel at the service at Westminster Abbey which preceded the synod.

The Queen met and shook hands with the Bishop Libby. The scene is pictured, top.

From our diocese these people attended the General Synod (the first three pictured below): Revd Jenny Gillies; Revd Canon Elaine Chegwin Hall; Revd Alison Cox; Revd Canon David Felix; Ven Dr Michael Gilbertson; Revd Dr Robert  Munro; Dr Graham Campbell; Mr John  Freeman;  Canon Dr John Mason; Canon Elizabeth Renshaw;  Mrs Lucy Brewster;  Mr Jeremy Harris;  Mr Peter Hart;  and Miss Debbie Woods.

For news on debates and votes click Church-of-England and scroll down to the various news sections and the General Synod section.

One decision taken was to cut red tape to help secure the future of vulnerable-churches