General Convention 2006

Send out your light and your truth; let them lead me; let them bring me to your holy hill and to your dwelling. Then I will go to the altar of God, and I will praise you . . . Psalm 43:3-4

The General Convention of the Episcopal Church
met in Columbus, Ohio from June 11-21, 2006.
This blog offers a view of the convention and beyond from the perspective of Lydia Evans, a two-time lay deputy from the Diocese of South Carolina.
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as well as pre- and post-convention coverage.
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And Now for Something Completely Different...

Miss Prudence Dailey (Oxford) to ask the Chairman of the House of Bishops:

Q46 Is the House aware of the pub in Paddington Railway Station named
The Mad Bishop and Bear, and can it shed any light on the identity of the mad bishop?

This is one of 65 questions which were asked this afternoon as part of the General Synod of the Church of England, meeting this weekend at the University of York. I am told that this system of questions is based on the Westminster parliamentary model and is aimed at stating or confirming policy rather than producing a resolution (known as a measure).

The questions are each numbered -- Q1, Q2, and so forth -- and they are preceded by the names of two persons, that of the inquirer along with the one who will give a reply. Here's an example:

The Archbishop of York to reply

Mrs Margaret Condick (St Edmundsbury & Ipswich) to ask the Presidents of the Archbishops’ Council:

Q42 In February 2004 this Synod requested that all future legislation of the Synod referring to offices should be drafted (where legal and drafting considerations permit) so that gender neutral language is employed. What is now being done to encourage the use of gender neutral language within our dioceses, deaneries and parochial church councils and their related committees?

Okay, so this question does sound a bit like those at the General Convention. But this is the General Synod of the Church of England, and so you'll note the absence of multiple resolves relating to this inquiry. It's a question, not a resolution.

For more information on General Synod, the national assembly of the Church of England which meets twice each year, visit this page.

Now, are you ready for a demonstration of how this works? Here's the first question which was asked earlier today and which related to the Cathedrals and Church Buildings Division.

The Bishop of Sodor & Man to reply as a member of the Divisional Group.

Mr Roy Thompson (York) to ask the Chairman of the Cathedrals and Church Buildings Division:

Q1 What feedback has the Division had on the use of ‘trench arch drainage’ which is highly suitable for rural churches with low solids production but which can be rejected by a Building Control Officer in ignorance of the environmental benefits?

Now listen to this question being asked by Mr. Thompson (er, Crapper) and addressed to the Bishop of Sodor & Man. Listen to his entire answer.


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