Definition of General Synod in English:

General Synod

noun

  • The highest governing body of the Church of England, an elected assembly of three houses (bishops, clergy, and laity).

    • ‘The General Synod of the Church of England has begun the legal and administrative process that will culminate in the appointment of women bishops.’
    • ‘The archbishop was delivering his keynote sermon to the General Synod of the Church of England 2002.’
    • ‘Meanwhile, a joint Roman Catholic and Anglican report arguing that the pope should be recognised as the ‘universal primate’ is to be debated by the General Synod of the Church of England.’
    • ‘Yet earlier this week the General Synod of the Church of England voted heavily in favour of allowing the Prime Minister and the Queen to continue having the ultimate say in choosing its bishops.’
    • ‘Meanwhile, the General Synod of the Church of England, meeting for its annual parliament at the University of York, has voted to call for a public inquiry.’
    • ‘As Archdeacon for the Royal Navy he is an ‘ex-officio’ member of the General Synod of the Church of England.’
    • ‘About 40 people took part in the protest, timed to coincide with the General Synod of the Church of England at the University of York.’
    • ‘The General Synod, the Church of England's parliament, last night voted - led by a Yorkshire academic - in favour of parish priests losing freehold.’
    • ‘Members elect a General Synod that decides questions of doctrine as well as administrative matters.’
    • ‘The pay rise is part of a package of financial measures due to be decided by the General Synod, the church's national governing body, in November.’
    • ‘Before the proposal could take effect it would need two-thirds majorities in all three of the General Synod's houses - bishops, clergy and laity.’
    • ‘The report will be discussed by the General Synod, the Church of England's governing body, in the coming week and the recommendations could be in place by 2005.’
    • ‘More recently, the General Synod's ecclesiastical court was summoned to determine a case in the 1980s.’
    • ‘As the northern Primate he was responsible for piloting the Act of Synod through the General Synod, the Church's parliament.’
    • ‘A Church of England spokesman said last night that it was hoped that the proposals would be debated at the General Synod, the church's parliament, when it meets in York in July.’
    • ‘The money-saving proposal - which would be implemented in Anglican cathedrals across the country, is to be discussed at next month's General Synod meeting at Church House, Westminster.’
    • ‘The issue of cathedral admission charges will be debated when the Church of England's ‘parliament’, the General Synod, meets in February.’
    • ‘He was a member of the Church of England's General Synod from 1995 to 2000 and has been again since 2002.’
    • ‘They also came as the Church of England, with its General Synod meeting this week in York, considers relaxing its official stance against the marriage in church of divorcees.’
    • ‘The Church of England took the first step at the General Synod meeting in Westminster yesterday towards the consecration of women bishops.’