Casual Clergy Election to General Synod 2017

With the resignations of Canon Anna Norman-Walker and Canon Andrew Godsall, two casual clergy vacancies have arisen on General Synod. The Synod is part way through its five year term and the vacancies are for places that will be held until the next full election in 2020.

Any serving clergy (with a small number of exceptions that are separately provided for) or clergy with Permission to Officiate can stand for election. The anticipated timetable for the elections in the Diocese of Exeter is that nominations will be invited from Monday 6 November 2017 and the nomination period will close on Tuesday 5 December. Voting opens on Tuesday 19 December and closes on Monday 15 January.

The General Synod meets each year for up to five days (usually fewer) in February in London and over a long weekend in July at the University of York. November meetings are only called if business requires it (up to three weekdays in London). The first ‘group of sessions’ that successful candidates may attend is therefore from 8 – 10 February 2018.

For more information on qualifications of clergy electors, proposers and seconders please see the following document: Draft General Synod election.


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