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Big Changes Discussed

by ben last modified 17 Nov, 2010 04:03 PM

Over 100 church representatives and clergy from across Wiltshire and Dorset met for an inspirational Diocesan Synod on Saturday 6 November at Market Lavington Hall.

Big Changes Discussed

Intense discussions at Diocesan Synod

 After the Bishop of Ramsbury Stephen Conway’s wide-ranging and hard-hitting address*, the main agenda item was the ordination of women bishops, presented by the Dean of Salisbury, the Very Revd June Osborne. General Synod had referred the matter to dioceses for consultation, and there was lively debate. The matter will be discussed further in parishes, with the final vote taken during Diocesan Synod in June 2011.

Sir Al Aynsley-Green, former Children’s Commissioner for England, now Chair of the Diocesan Board of Education, gave a rousing presentation on the needs of children, families and the elderly. The President of the Diocese of Salisbury Mothers’ Union, Ann Howard, set out her plans for the future, asking for closer partnership between the diocese and Mothers’ Union, and was also warmly received.

Synod members heard that Clergy Terms of Service, bringing the CofE more in line with employment law, will lead to improved work conditions and employment rights for diocesan ministers from January 2011. The latest financial report showed a steady financial picture, with slightly increased giving by parishes.

Diocesan Secretary Lucinda Herklots said today, “Many of us have been concerned about what will happen in this country, and in the South West, as austerity starts to take hold. But what we have heard today gives us a sure hope: that we can work together. Delegates have been genuinely inspired to action, to make an even greater difference in their local communities, and have been shown the means by which to achieve this.”



*Text of Bishop Stephen’s Address here

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