Hi, I’m Rev’d Charlotte Gale, a shopkeeper priest in Coventry Diocese, based at St Clare’s at the Cathedral in Coventry, a new church community. I’ve been at St Clare’s for the last 18 months, but before that I spent 16 years in parish ministry.
General Synod Member – Since July 2013, I’ve been a member of the General Synod of the Church of England. The General Synod is the parliament of the Church of England, and makes decisions that affect all of us in our local parishes and church communities. It’s made up of just under 500 people – Bishops, Clergy and Laity. Each diocese has representatives on the Synod. From Coventry Diocese the Bishop of Coventry is on automatically, and then there are six elected representatives – three laity and three clergy. I am one of our three clergy reps.
Chair of the House of Clergy – I am also the Chair of the House of Clergy of the Diocesan Synod in Coventry Diocese. A couple of times a year, the Chairs from all the Dioceses get together to discuss how things are going in our different places, and to hear what’s going on nationally.
This blog is a series of reports from the meetings of General Synod and the Clergy Chairs. My aim is to make the reports as short and simple as possible. I hope you find them helpful.
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