The ‘JENƏRƏL SINƏD’ & Why it Matters

‘General’ –|jenərəl| adj. affecting or concerning all or most people, places, or things; widespread.

‘Synod’ – |sinəd| n. an assembly of the clergy and sometimes also the laity in a diocese or other division of a particular church.

The General Synod of the Church of England is the legislative body of the Church of England –they meet to determine the laws of the Church of England. The General Synod meets three times a year, in London and in York, and is made up of various ‘houses’ – the House of Bishops, the House of Clergy and the House of Laity.

So why has the General Synod come into the forefront of the national news recently? They convened for the third time in 2012 in London this November, and the most prominent motion up for debate was perhaps one of the most controversial in its history – the motion for the appointment of women bishops in the Church of England. We talked to Reverend Juliette Hulme, our school chaplain, about the outcome of the vote and what her thoughts on the matter are. Continue reading