Review of the Episcopal Ministry Act of Synod
24 June 2000
The General Synod is to discuss how arrangements designed to ensure that those with differing views on the ordination of women can remain in the highest possible degree of communion with one another are working at its July meeting in York.
Response to the Report of the Royal Commission on House of Lords Reform
23 June 2000
A response on behalf of the Church of England to the Report of the Royal Commission on House of Lords Reform has been submitted to Government by the Archbishops of Canterbury and York today (Friday 23 June).
Legalising voluntary euthanasia 'not an option' says church report
23 June 2000
The case for legalising Euthanasia is not supportable, according to a new edition of a groundbreaking Church of England report. On Dying well - a contribution to the Euthanasia debate was first published in 1975 and the new edition covers the advances made in medical and legal thinking in the past 25 years. The preface for the new edition concludes that, despite these advances, the ethical and theological case against it remains firm.
Statistics can be a tool for mission, says Church report
21 June 2000
Statistics used 'as a tool for mission, may help the Church engage more fully in its prophetic, pastoral and evangelistic role by enabling it to face with honesty the implications of changing patterns of attendance,' says a report to be debated by the General Synod next month.
Synod runs hard right up to the tape
20 June 2000
The agenda for the July meeting of the General Synod in York - the last of the Synod elected in 1995 - is as busy as any other during its lifetime. Debates on clergy discipline, a call for steps which might lead to the consecration of women bishops, the healing ministry, mission among young people and reform of the House of Lords are just some of the highlights of a packed Synod agenda.
Parishes encouraged to develop their ministry of healing
08 June 2000
The healing ministry is one of the greatest opportunities the Church has today for sharing the Gospel, says the report of a review chaired by the Rt Rev John Perry, Bishop of Chelmsford. To encourage a wise and appropriate exercise of this ministry in congregations, Church of England clergy will receive a handbook on the development of good practice.