The Church of England elects a new General Synod in 2021, and this is an opportunity to ensure that the Church of England’s ‘Parliament’ represents the views, opinions and beliefs of its members.
The General Synod is made up of bishops, clergy and laity from every Diocese of the Church of England. It has the responsibility to make decisions about worship and doctrine, to pass legislation, to decide about the finances of the Church, to debate moral and social issues and to respond to national and international events. As well as the new Vision and Strategy, the next General Synod will have other significant areas on its agenda including Racial Justice (following on from the ‘Lament to Action’ report, the Environment and the Church’s view on Human Sexuality that is being explored in the ongoing ‘Living in Love and Faith’ process.
In the Diocese of York, six lay people and six clergy are elected. Lay members are elected by members of Deanery Synods, which in turn are made up of representatives of every parish.