The Inside Column 12/8

Posted in: The Inside Column- Aug 13, 2018 No Comments

Good morning and welcome to St Barnabas Stoke – if you are visiting today we hope you encounter God’s goodness and love for you as you join us in worshipping Him, please feel free to stick around afterwards for a coffee and a chat.

A couple of people have been asking how Bishop Richard is doing after his heart surgery. Richard is back in Nelson. The heart surgery went very well and he will be resting for the next 5 to 7 weeks. A minor complication, not his heart, means taking thing a bit more easily. Please pray for Richard and Hilary as he will need to take things easy and not do any work.

This last week our synod reps David Featherstone, Matt MacDonald, Anglia Galbraith and myself will have been to our yearly Synod. In the Anglican Church, the mode of government is Synod,
meaning that a diocese is governed by a bishop acting with the advice and consent of representatives of the clergy and laity of the diocese. In much of the Communion the body by which this representation is achieved is called the Diocesan Synod.

A diocesan synod consists of three Houses:

  • The House of Bishops consists of the diocesan bishop.
  • The House of Clergy consists of clergy representatives chosen by the clergy in each Deanery Synod.
  • The House of Laity consists of representatives of the laity, elected from each Deanery by the members of that deanery’s Deanery Synod.

There are also ex-officio members, including the lay representatives elected by the Diocese to the General Synod. Clergy and lay elected representatives are elected for a three-year term of office.

In general the three Houses of the Diocesan Synod meet together, debate together and vote together, and a majority is assumed to be a majority of each of the three Houses. However, a vote by Houses can be requested, and in certain cases is required. In a vote by Houses, the consent of each of the three Houses is required in order for the assent of the Synod to be given. In addition, the diocesan bishop may declare that the House of Bishops shall only be deemed to have assented if the assenting majority includes the bishop. This means that the diocesan bishop may exercise a veto over the Diocesan Synod if they so wish.

There are many interesting things happening in the Anglican Church at the moment. Some to do with Motion 29, which was passed at General Synod, and the shape of what the church might look like in the future. There is not much to feed back at the moment but will try and keep you informed. If you have any questions about synod please talk to one of the synod reps.

Yours in Christ


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