So, at Her Majesty's instruction, the General Synod of 2005-2010 was dissolved on 13 July. A final Communion Service was held, and Synod 'prorogued' by the Archbishop of York.
The General Synod is dead; for which, some may rejoice. But only for as long as it takes to elect a new synod; and the new General Synod takes up it's place in November.
So who will be on it? Apart from the Diocesan bishops, who get places ex-officio, most will be elected over the coming months. The General Synod has a special site set up with details who can stand, both laity and clergy, and what being a member entails, and who the electorate are: http://www.generalsynodelections2010.org/
The site has a link to a video on YouTube:
There is also a downloadable leaflet from the site, with further details:
|Official CofE leaflet|
|Chichester General Synod Election Leaflet|
|1||Notification to electors of the election timetable to be followed in the diocese and issue of nomination papers||Not later than Tuesday 20th July|
|2||Notification of the validity of any nomination||As soon as any nomination is received|
|3||Closing date for nominations||Friday 3rd September|
|4||Issue of voting papers||Friday 17th September|
|5||Closing date for return of voting papers||Friday 8th October|
|6||Day of the count||Monday 11th, Tuesday 12th, Wednesday 13th, or Thursday 14th October|
|7||Names and addresses of those elected and result sheet to be sent to the diocesan bishop, the Clerk to the Synod, every candidate and to the Election Scrutineer||Not later than the fourth working day after the date of the declaration of the result|
|8||The new General Synod is convened by the Queen at a service in Westminster Abbey||22nd-24th November|
If either of us are deemed electable by November, and you are elected too, please consider joining us on the blog, by emailing us at firstname.lastname@example.org, and putting 'Add to Synod Blog' in the subject line. If neither of us is elected - please someone take on the role of sharing Synod news in this way.
Thanks, & blessings.
Alastair (no longer Chichester 101)