Elected representatives from the Diocese of Chichester will travel to York this weekend for a meeting of the Church of England’s General Synod.
Clergy and laity from across Sussex will be joined by the Bishop of Chichester for five days of discussion, debate and deliberation.
Church of England congregations will be able to share mission and ministry with a range of churches in their area more easily under plans due to receive final approval at the meeting. A long-anticipated overhaul of rules underpinning ecumenical relations is expected to open the way for parishes to take part in joint worship with more churches than previously possible.
In one of the most broad-ranging agendas in recent years, Synod will also discuss national and international issues from nuclear proliferation and responses to climate change to the future of the NHS.
There will be a major debate on the Church of England’s work on safeguarding.
Synod will also have an opportunity for a detailed update on progress on the bishop’s teaching document on human sexuality and marriage and to engage with those working on it through a series of seminars and workshops.
“It certainly is a big agenda and I am sure, as ever, one of the most important aspects of the gathering will be an opportunity for members to meet with one another and to discuss a wide range of issues affecting our lives and nation at this time,” said Dr Martin Warner, Bishop of Chichester, today.
You can view the synod July group of papers here