General Synod


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The General Synod is the national legislative body of the Church of England, of which the Queen is Supreme Governor. The General Synod legislates for the whole of the Church of England and debates matters of national and international importance. It has powers in the following areas:

  • Legislation by Measure
  • Legislation by Canon
  • Relations with other Churches in the UK and around the world
  • Liturgy and Doctrinal Assent
  • Deliberation
  • Finance

The General Synod is made up of the Convocations of Canterbury and York, joined together with the House of Bishops, House of Clergy and House of Laity. Members are elected from their diocese, alongside a few nationally elected members. The General Synod typically meets two or three times per year, in London in Feburary, York in July and occasionally in London in November. Further information about the General Synod can be found on the Church of England website.

Alongside the Bishop of Bristol, the following people currently represent the Diocese of Bristol at the General Synod within their respective House:

House of Laity             House of Clergy
David Froude
Ed Shaw
Brendan Biggs
Revd Prof Martin Gainsborough
Revd Paul Langham
Revd Canon Mark Pilgrim

Guide to the General Synod