Synod Stats

12 02 2011

The Church of England is said to be ‘Synodically governed, episcopally led.’ Consequently it is important that we take General Synod seriously, and give it the scrutiny that any other legislative body could expect. This includes its membership. Adrian Greenwood (Southwark) recently asked a question to the Clerk of the Synod about the make-up of the Synod’s membership.

Using the Written Answer (and a little help from the Synod office), I have put together some charts. By combining the gender data with an age profile, one can see some dramatic differences between the Clergy and the House of Laity. Read the rest of this entry »

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A Maiden Speech

11 02 2011
Members of the General Synod of the Church of England come in different shapes and sizes. Some like to speak, make amendments, and submit questions; many others prefer to listen and exercise their judgement simply through voting.
I’m not sure which I would like to be – It is no secret that I like the sound of my own voice, but I’m also aware that a high profile in the chamber is not necessarily the same as being influential. Just like in Parliament, the really important stuff happens in the tea-rooms. Read the rest of this entry »