General Synod 2013

April 6, 2013

The annual meeting of the General Synod of the Scottish Episcopal Church will take place in Edinburgh from 6-8 June in Palmerston Place church. Throughout the three day gathering, matters ranging from social issues to church policy will be debated. The meeting of the General Synod is presided over by the Primus of the Scottish Episcopal Church, The Most Rev David Chillingworth, Bishop of St Andrews, Dunkeld & Dunblane who says “The key issues and challenges which face every church today are the development of our mission in Scotland, the training of the next generation of clergy who will lead our church and our dialogue with a secular and fast-changing society. I believe that our General Synod will address those questions as we talk about membership, growth, training, communication and many other subjects. We shall also explore how our whole church can engage in honest conversation about human sexuality questions.” Amongst the topics to be discussed at General Synod will be the issue of church membership statistics and how they reflect particular aspects of the life of individual churches and the Church as a whole. Proposals from the College of Bishops that there should be a church-wide discussion on human sexuality, particularly in the light of the proposed same sex marriage legislation, will be outlined. Synod members will be asked to vote on a Motion regarding Ethical Investment and Banking, and will also affirm the Christian values inherent in the concept of the Living Wage. The proceedings of General Synod can be followed online through a live audio feed and regular updates on the Scottish Episcopal Church website and through Twitter (Follow @secsynod and use the #pisky hashtag). -ends-