General Synod - November Group of Sessions 2002
How I Voted

Notes
All votes are given in the form "votes for"-"votes against".
Take Note motions are not included.
   
  My vote Synod's vote
Dates of February 2005 Group of Sessions    
That this Synod approve 14 to 18 February as the dates for the February 2005 Group of Sessions. for carried
Iraq: Would Military Action Be Justified? The Church's Contribution to the Debate (GS 1475)    

That this Synod, mindful that Christians are called to be peacemakers but aware of the deteriorating diplomatic situation between Iraq and the international community:

(a) endorse the conclusions of the House of Bishops' submission (9 October 2002) to the House of Commons Foreign Affairs Committee's ongoing inquiry into the war against terrorism as set out in paragraph 1 of Iraq: Would Military Action Be Justified? The Church's Contribution to the Debate;

(b) call on Christians to pray for the world and its leaders, and to work together with people of all faiths, in the search for a just and peaceful resolution of this crisis;

(c) call on Christian and other religious leaders in Britain to urge their followers to avoid words and actions that might lead to conflict between people of different faiths;

(d) encourage dioceses to support Christian Aid, the Centre for International Ministry at Coventry Cathedral and the Church of England mission agencies as they continue to minister to the needs of the most vulnerable people within Iraq and the wider region;

(e) call on all parishes to exercise particular pastoral concern and support for the families of members of the British armed forces who are separated by the present crisis; and

(f) commend to dioceses for further reflection the BSR report Iraq: Would Military Action be Justified? The Church's Contribution to the Debate.

for carried
290-0
Amendments to the above    

After paragraph (a) insert the words

"(b) welcome the recent United Nations resolution as evidence of international resolve to disarm Iraq, and believe that it is for the United Nations Security Council alone to decide what proportionate action should follow any breach of that resolution;"

and re-letter the remaining paragraphs accordingly.

for defeated
110-141
Draft Care of Cathedrals (Amendment) Measure (GS 1429A)    
That clauses 1 to 20 stand part of the Measure. for carried
That Schedules 1 and 2 stand part of the Measure for carried
That in paragraph 1(e) line 4 (page 15 line10), leave out "or surveyor".   lapsed
That Schedule 3 stand part of the Measure for carried
That the Long Title stand part of the Measure for carried
Draft Church of England (Miscellaneous Provisions) Measure (GS 1476)    
That the Measure entitled "Church of England (Miscellaneous Provisions) Measure" be considered for revision in committee for carried
An Anglican/Methodist Covenant    
That this Synod, encouraged by the progress represented by the Anglican/Methodist Covenant, note that there are some outstanding doctrinal and other differences remaining and look forward to their resolution prior to the introduction of changes in modes of oversight.   This was not put to a vote - see below.
That the Synod do pass to the next business for carried
Election of Churchwardens and PCCs    

That this Synod ask that legislation be introduced to

(a) enable elections at the annual parochial church meetings and the meeting for elections of churchwardens to be conducted on numbered voting papers such as are used in national and local government elections; and

(b) remove, in cases where that practice is followed, the requirement that voting papers used be signed by the voter on the reverse thereof.

for carried
Repairs to Church Buildings    
That this Synod call on the Archbishops' Council to increase pressure on Her Majesty's Government to improve funding for urgent repairs to church buildings especially those which satisfy the criteria set out in the "Heritage Lottery Fund/English Heritage Joint Grant Scheme for Churches" thereby assisting parishes to preserve and protect the unique heritage of the country. absent carried
Choosing Diocesan Bishops: Report by the Follow Up Group (GS 1465)    

That this Synod request those responsible to implement the arrangements set out in the Report save that the candidates to be considered at the second meeting shall be interviewed by the Crown Nominations Commission before a vote is taken.

[words in italics added by the first amendment below]

for carried
Amendments to the above    

At the end insert the words "save that the candidates to be considered at the second meeting shall be interviewed by the Crown Nominations Commission before a vote is taken".

for carried
At the end insert the words "save that any ballots undertaken by the Commission shall be conducted openly". for defeated
At the end insert the words "save that the Synod instruct the Steering Group to bring forward an amendment to Standing Order 122, so as to require the Crown Nominations Commission to implement voting arrangements consistent with the principles set out in paragraph D22." against defeated
188-192
Amendments to Standing Order 122    
In paragraph (a)(i) leave out the words "a Crown Appointments Commission" and insert the words "a Crown Nominations Commission".   motion not moved
Amendment to the above    

At the end insert the words "and leave out the words "Four members of the Vacancy in See Committee" and insert the words "Eight members of the Vacancy in See Committee"".

against

carried
197-180

Extended Authorization for Series One Solemnization of Matrimony (GS 1477)    
That an extended period of authorization from 1 January 2006 until further resolution of the Synod for the Liturgical Business entitled "Series One Solemnization of Matrimony" be considered by the House of Bishops. for carried
Extended Authorization for Series One Burial Services (GS 1478)    
That an extended period of authorization from 1 January 2006 until further resolution of the Synod for the Liturgical Business entitled "Series One Burial Services" be considered by the House of Bishops. for carried
The Vesture of Ordained and Authorised Ministers    

That this Synod, in the light of cultural change and for the sake of mission, ask that a Canon amending Canon B8 be introduced to give Ministers discretion by agreeing with Church Councils to dispense with the provisions relating to the vesture of ordained and authorised ministers during the time of divine service.

[words in italics added by the first amendment below]

against

defeated (in the Houses of Bishops and Clergy)
Bishops 7-24

Clergy 69-118
Laity 98-92

Amendments to the above    
After the words "this Synod" insert the words ", in the light of cultural change and for the sake of mission,". against carried
After the words "Church Councils" insert the words "and Diocesan Bishops". abstained defeated
Appointment of Auditors to the Archbishops' Council (GS 1480)    
That Deloitte and Touche be appointed as Auditors to the Archbishops' Council. absent carried
Presence and Prophecy: Report by the Board of Mission (GS 1471; GS 1442)    

That this Synod:

(a) commend Presence and Prophecy: A heart for mission in theological education for study and action at all levels of lay and ordination education and training within the Church of England;

(b) ask the Board of Mission (or its successor) to develop an educational programme to assist the study of the report;

(c) ask the Board of Mission (or its successor) in liaison with the Ministry Division to report back to this Synod on the reception of the report and its contribution to lay and ordination education and training.'

   
Text after amendment    

That this Synod:

(a) commend Presence and Prophecy: A heart for mission in theological education for study and active consideration (after due consultation with interested parties including ecumenical partners) at all levels of lay and ordination education and training within the Church of England;

(b) ask the Board of Mission (or its successor) to develop an educational programme to assist the study of the report;

(c) ask the Board of Mission (or its successor) in liaison with the Ministry Division to report back to this Synod on the reception of the report and its contribution to lay and ordination education and training.

for carried
Amendments to the above    
In paragraph (a) after the words "for study and action" insert the words "(after due consultation with interested parties including ecumenical partners)". for carried
In paragraph (a) leave out the word "action" and insert the words "active consideration". for carried

After sub paragraph (b) insert

"(c) ask the Board of Mission (or its successor) to consider further the importance of our theology of creation and its importance for mission in any future publication; and"

and re-number the remaining paragraph accordingly.'

against defeated
Abortion Act    
That this Synod being gravely concerned with the fact that in England there are currently 500 abortions every day of the year, call upon Her Majesty's Government to bring in urgent legislation to restrict the abuses of the Abortion Act.    
Text after amendment    
That this Synod being gravely concerned with the fact that in England there are currently 500 abortions every day of the year, call upon Her Majesty's Government to bring in urgent legislation to restrict the abuses of the Abortion Act and, in doing so, to give consideration to the following:

(a) protecting women from being coerced into abortions and providing counselling facilities to help women keep their babies;

(b) guaranteeing a woman's right to full disclosure about the balance of risk involved; and

(c) protecting those women most likely to be injured by abortion by requiring the screening of patients".

absent carried
222-22
Amendments to the above    
Leave out all words from "bring" to the end and insert the words "review the way the Abortion Act operates and to take steps to promote recognition by children and parents of their responsibility to avoid unwanted pregnancies".   defeated

At the end insert the words "and, in doing so, to give consideration to the following:

(a) protecting women from being coerced into abortions and providing counselling facilities to help women keep their babies;

(b) guaranteeing a woman's right to full disclosure about the balance of risk involved; and

(c) protecting those women most likely to be injured by abortion by requiring the screening of patients".

  carried
Parliamentary Democracy: Report by the Board for Social Responsibility (GS 1470)    

That this Synod concerned at the fall in voter turnout at elections and at the perceived marginalisation of Parliament in the nation's political processes

(a) call upon Her Majesty's Government and the leaders of the main political parties

(i) to work together to enhance the effectiveness of our parliamentary institutions;

(ii) to encourage and enable, by legislative and administrative action, all members of our society to play a full part in our democracy; and

(b) affirm the value of public service as an important part of Christian witness, commend such service as a Christian vocation, and call upon dioceses, deaneries, parishes, and our ecumenical partners, to support that vocation with prayer and practical action.'

  Time ran out before this item was completed.
Amendments to the above    

After the words "the nation's political processes" insert

"(a) recognise the role of the print and broadcast media in shaping public attitudes to political discourse, and urge the media to exercise responsibility in the performance of their function"

and re-letter the remaining sub paragraphs accordingly.'

against carried
Three further amendments were not reached before time ran out.    
Marriage in Church after Divorce (GS 1449A)    
That final approval be given to the rescission of paragraph 1 of the Marriage Resolutions of the Convocation of Canterbury dated 5 May 1957 and of paragraphs 1 to 4 of the Marriage Resolutions of the Convocation of York dated June 1938. for

carried after a division by houses:
Bishops 27-1
Clergy 143-44
Laity 138-65

Appointments to the Archbishops' Council (GS 1479)    

That this Synod approve the recommendation contained in the Report.

[Those appointed were Mrs Katherine McPherson, Mrs Anne Sloman and the Bishop of Portsmouth.]

for carried
Female Genital Mutilation    

That this Synod, noting gratefully that all forms of female genital mutilation (FGM) are prohibited under UK law:

(a) recognise the urgent need for continuing action through health education and cultural programmes to work actively towards the total eradication of these practices world wide, through the provision of alternative and harmless 'rites of passage' into adulthood, which include celebration and general approval by the local people;

(b) condemn all forms of FGM;

(c) request the Archbishops' Council to consider ways in which the Church of England can help to raise awareness of the evil of FGM dangers of FGM can be better understood by the Church and the nation;

(d) urge all Provinces of the Anglican Communion to challenge the ritual practices and customs which serve to legitimise FGM; and

(e) welcome the efforts of the United Nations and the World Health Organisation to combat this abuse against women and girls.

[Note the effect of the amendment below to strike out some words in (c) and to insert words (shown in italics).]

for carried
Amendment to the above    
'In sub paragraph (c) leave out all words from "Church of England" to the end and insert the words "dangers of FGM can be better understood by the Church and the nation". for carried
Clergy Stipends, Pensions and other Financial Issues (GS 1467)
Reform of Guaranteed Annuities (GS 1468)
   

That this Synod

(a)(i) approve the recommendations contained in GS 1468;

(ii) instruct the Business Committee to introduce a draft Measure to give effect to those recommendations (so far as legislation is required for that purpose); and

(b) approve the recommendations contained in GS 1467 and summarised in Annex I to that report on matters other than those dealt with in the recommendations in GS 1468.

   
Text after amendment    

That this Synod

(a)(i) approve the recommendations contained in GS 1468, save that, in recommendation 37(v), the words from "during the planning period" to the end are left out;

(ii) instruct the Business Committee to introduce a draft Measure to give effect to those recommendations with the qualification set out in sub paragraph (a)(i) (so far as legislation is required for that purpose); and

(b)(i)approve the recommendations contained in GS 1467 and summarised in Annex I to that report on matters other than those dealt with in the recommendations in GS 1468, save that recommendation 12 should read "The rounding down of differentials as recommended in paragraph 26 of Annex 7 should be pursued" and

(ii) affirm that the recommendations in GS 1467 should be viewed in the context and implemented in the spirit of paragraphs 1-25 of Annex 7 to that report

for carried
Amendments to the above    
Amendment to (a)(i)    

At the end insert the words "save that, in recommendation 37(v), the words from "during the planning period" to the end are left out".

for carried
Amendment to (a)(ii)    
After the word "recommendation" insert the words "with the qualification set out in sub paragraph (a)(i)". for carried
Amendment to (b)    
At the end insert the words "with the exception of recommendations 8 ,9, 10 and 19". for defeated in the House of Bishops on a vote by houses
Bishops 2-10
Clergy 69-59
Laity 89-59
Amendment to above amendment    
At the beginning of item 53 insert the words "After the letter (b) insert the number (i), and" and after the words "and 19" in item 53 insert the words "; and (ii) request the Financial Issues Working Group to carry out further work, working on the principle that the past and future service pension should be based on the same stipend, and to bring back proposals for appropriate increases to the level of stipend to be implemented at a pace commensurate with the Church's mission needs and its financial situation". for defeated
Amendment to (b)    
At the end insert the words "save that recommendation 12 should read "The rounding down of differentials as recommended in paragraph 26 of Annex 7 should be pursued". for carried
Amendment to (b)    
At the end insert the words "with the exception of recommendation 13 and with the stipends of residentiary canons instead continuing to be 1.3 of the national minimum stipend". against defeated
Amendment to (b)    
At the end insert the words "with the exception of recommendation 15".' against defeated
Amendment to (b)    
At the end insert "save that, in recommendation 19, the words "to include time spent in full-time theological training" are inserted after the words "40 years". against defeated
Amendment to (b)    
At the end insert the words "and (ii) (or (iii) as the case may be) affirm that the recommendations in GS 1467 should be viewed in the context and implemented in the spirit of paragraphs 1-25 of Annex 7 to that report". for carried
Amendment to (b)    
At the end insert the words "and (ii) (or (iii) or (iv) as the case may be) request the Archbishops' Council to give the Inter Diocesan Finance Forum not less than three financial years notice of any further proposed changes to financial policy. against defeated
Following motion    
That this Synod declare its grateful thanks, affirmation and support for those called to the sacred ministry, recognise the need for conditions of service that are fair and just, and believe that the achievement of recommendation 8 of GS 1467 (incumbent's stipend at £20,000 at 2001/2002 figures) should be a priority for the Church and that the aim should be, so far as possible and consistent with the process recommended in paragraph 35 of GS 1467, to have this in place by 2010 alongside a system of contributory mutual support   This was not put to a vote - see below.
That the Synod do pass to the next business   carried
Funding the Churches Conservation Trust (GS 1472)    
That this Synod approve the recommendations in paragraph 23 of GS 1472 for carried
National Youth Strategy: Joint Report from the Board of Education and the Board of Mission (GS 1481)    

That this Synod

(a) endorse the four key areas of the proposed National Youth Strategy;

(b) approve the proposals for the establishment of a Youth Evangelism Fund;

(c) call on the Church in the dioceses, deaneries and parishes to be actively involved in the implementation of the National Youth Strategy; and

(d) ask the Archbishops' Council to monitor the implementation of the National Youth Strategy and to give a report on progress before the end of the current quinquennium.

[text in italics added by the first amendment below]

for carried
Amendments to the above    
In sub paragraph (a) after the words "National Youth Strategy" insert the words "save that the number of Young Adult Observers attending the July Group of Sessions of the General Synod funded by the Archbishops' Council be limited to a maximum number of 20 in any one year, priority being given to those attending for the first time". against defeated

After sub paragraph (b) insert "(c) ask that the Youth Evangelism Fund be particularly used in working with the marginalised and the unchurched"

and re-letter the remaining sub paragraphs accordingly.

against defeated
In sub paragraph (c) (or (d) as the case may be) after the word "dioceses" insert the word ", deaneries". for carried

Peter Owen
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