Chichester Diocese encouraging lay people to consider General Synod role

Church of England elects new synod

Anglicans are in the process of nominating and electing new members for the General Synod of the Church of England. This is the legislative body of the Church of England and elections are held every five years.

Find out more about the elections here:

And watch a video about the General Synod  here:

Nominations for the General Synod elections close at 5pm on 8 September.

Gabrielle Higgins the Chichester diocesan secretary, is encouraging people to seriously consider this important role.

She said: “Our diocese has eight lay places and five clergy (proctor) places to fill on General Synod for the next five-year term and it is vital that our diocese is appropriately represented in General Synod by a full complement of members, of all ages and backgrounds, who represent the rich diversity of our communities and church traditions.

“Please do seriously consider standing yourself or approaching someone you think would have the right kind of gifts and asking them to offer themselves for election.

“Please think widely about who to approach and bear in mind that, unlike electors, lay candidates to be nominated to stand for election need not be members of a deanery synod but do need to be on an electoral roll of a parish in the diocese or similar.

“Those clergy who are not deanery synod members but have Permission to Officiate in the diocese may stand for election as well as clergy representatives on deanery synod.”

The closing date for nominations is 5pm on 8 Sept 2021.

All you need to know for nominations can be found on the diocesan website is here  

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