Summary of Consultation on Proposed Changes to the Canterbury CNC

January 25, 2022
Summary of Consultation on Proposed Changes to the Canterbury CNC

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The consultation document for the proposed changes to the membership of the Crown Nominations Commission can be found here.

The consultation is open to anyone to respond. At the end of the consultation, the Council will send a report to General Synod, which they will vote on in July 2022.

General Synod members will have the opportunity to discuss the proposed changes to the Standing Orders. The vote will not have any bearing on the Standing Orders, but is a chance for members to discuss and hear about the proposals.

The Archbishop of Canterbury is a leader with a number of different roles within the Church of England, the English society more widely, the Anglican Communion and among Christian leaders globally. He is appointed by the Crown Nominations Commission process.

In order to increase the representation of the Anglican Communion in the Anglican Church, proposed changes to the membership of the Crown Nominations Commission for the See of Canterbury are being considered.

Like all bishops in the Church of England, the Archbishop of Canterbury is appointed by the Queen, on the advice of the Prime Minister, following a process of discernment.

Following consideration and analysis, the Archbishop of Canterbury and the Diocese of Canterbury have proposed to reduce the number of dioceses that have a vote on the Archbishop of Canterbury.

This document has been sent to a wide variety of key partners and is detailed. The text is explained in detail in the annex, and there is also a glossary.

In some circumstances, a colleague will send this consultation document to you. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact the Archbishops.

The Archbishop of Canterbury is a figure and leader with a myriad of different roles within the Church of England, the Anglican Communion and among Christian leaders globally. He is appointed by the Crown Nominations Commission on the advice of the Prime Minister.

This paper details a consultation which is open until 31 March 2022 on the membership of the Canterbury Crown Nominations Commission. There is also a response form which can be filled out for your convenience and returned to the email address above.

This document provides background and context on an issue, provides analysis of the issue and provides a proposal for change. It also contains a glossary and some useful information which you can draw upon when you need it.

The Archbishop of Canterbury is a senior bishop in the Church of England, and primus inter pares among the Primates of the 42 Provinces of the worldwide Anglican Communion. The Archbishop is formally appointed by Her Majesty the Queen, and the Crown Nominations Commission makes the recommendations.

The current composition of the Canterbury Church Commission is: six members from the central church, two members from the diocese, one person appointed by the prime minister to chair the commission, and two members from the Anglican Communion.

Archbishop Justin has many responsibilities, including that of Primate of the Church of England, which is the common perception; he is also the diocesan bishop for Canterbury and is a Focus of Unity and Instrument of Communion for the Anglican Communion.

The Archbishop's time is better spent with pastoral care and support, and on Communion issues. He is also the public voice of the church, which is important.

The Church of England's role within the Anglican Communion is rooted in England's colonial history, but it should consider changing the composition of the CNC in an attempt to make its processes more inclusive and fairer.

The Church is called to be one, holy, catholic, and apostolic. The Church is called to treat every human being as made in the image of God, and to do justly.

The Church of England can start by offering the composition of the CNC.

To begin to address the questions facing the Communion, it is important to be realistic about what this step involves, as there are many different approaches. However, any solution must meet the needs of the Church of England and of the State.

The Archbishops Council would like to change the composition of the Crown Nominations Commission by having 3 members from the diocese of Canterbury, and 4 members from the Anglican Communion. The total number of voting CNC members would increase to 17.

We propose changes to the CNC process in the light of the recent theological review.

After a consultation with a wider variety of partners, the consultation will run until 31st March 2022. The response will be collated by William Nye and Elise Sandham and a final proposal will be made to General Synod in July 2022.

Please provide your name, title, and role, and specify if you are responding on behalf of one of the key partners in the consultation.

The CNC has been asked whether the Diocese of Canterbury should have 3 members, the Anglican Communion should have 4 members, and the Anglican Communion should be represented by members from different regions of the Anglican Communion.

iii. If you do not agree with the proposal, please explain why.

The Anglican Communion is a Christian denomination with tens of millions of members in more than 165 countries. The Communion is organised into 42 provinces and 5 extra-provincial areas.

Anglican provinces can make decisions based on recommendations from the four instruments of the Anglican Communion.

The Episcopal Church (including former E-P: Cuba) has several branches in Latin America.

The Anglican Church in Australia, New Zealand & Polynesia, The Episcopal Church in the Philippines, The Church of South East Asia, Myanmar, Hong Kong and Japan.

The Anglican Consultative Council helps to co-ordinate the Anglican Communion and advises on matters of organisation.

The ACC has a constitution and byelaws, and its current chair is the Most Revd Dr Paul Kwong of Hong Kong.

The Anglican Communion Council (ACC) is a gathered body of Anglicans, and the most representative body among the Instruments of Communion. It meets every three years.

The Archbishops Council is a charity that helps the Church of England in its local areas.

The Council's work largely falls under seven types of activity: legislating, regulating, providing services, consulting and engaging the public.

The Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, is the Focus for Unity for the three other instruments of Communion of the Anglican Communion.

The Archbishop of Canterbury has many roles. He is seen as a spiritual leader of the Anglican Communion and primate of All England.

The Church of England has 13,000 parishes, and the Archbishop of Canterbury is regarded as the nation's senior Christian and spiritual voice.

The Archbishop of York is one of the Presidents of the General Synod and of the Archbishop's Council, and is the Primate of England and Archbishop of the Province of York.

The Church of England is the established church in England. The Church is led by the Archbishops of Canterbury and York and 106 other bishops.

The diocesan bishops are responsible for parishes, clergy, and laity across each province. They are members of the General Synod, a body of elected bishops.

Our two archbishops, 24 diocesan bishops and deans of cathedrals are in the House of Lords, and are known as Lords Spiritual.

There are seven national administrative bodies that work together to support the Church. They manage finances, education, communications, and more.

The Crown Nominations Commission (CNC) is a body that recommends candidates to the Prime Minister and The Queen for vacant bishopries. It comprises fourteen voting members and two non-voting members.

The Diocesan Synod is the body of representatives of the clergy and lay people in the diocese. It meets together to discuss concerns and may make decisions on certain matters.

The Diocesan Synod is made up of three Houses. If it is appropriate to do so, the Houses meet separately, but normally meet together.

The Diocese of Canterbury comprises 206 parishes and has 15 deaneries.

The General Synod is the national assembly of the Church of England, it approves legislation, formulates new forms of worship, and approves the annual budget for the work of the Church at national level.

The Lambeth Conference takes place in Canterbury every ten years. Its theme is "God's Church for God's World: walking, listening and witnessing together".

The report Discerning in Obedience: A theological review of the Crown Nominations Commission, published in 2017, reviewed the responsibilities of the Commission, and the role of the Archbishops of Canterbury and York.

The Standing Orders cover a number of topics including general procedures, motions and amendments, measures and canons, and liturgical business.

A Vacancy in See Committee must meet when a vacancy is announced, and it prepares a statement setting out the needs of the Diocese to the Crown Nominations Commission of the Synod.

The Committee elects members for the Crown Nominations Commission by ballot. They are normally elected in the second meeting of the Committee.

The Archbishops Council may contact you to invite you to participate in a consultation, or a group coordinator may contact you.

The categories of personal data we collect include: title, name, role/job title, email address and opinion.

We are not seeking to collect any special category data, but if you are an office holder, religious belief data may be collected by default.

We have obtained your information from Church records, or have been forwarded the consultation email by a stakeholder group coordinator.

Your responses will be seen by the Archbishops and the report to the General Synod will not contain any personal data.

We will keep your responses for 12 months following the end of the consultation to ensure the data is accurate and complete.

NCI respects your privacy and you have the right to request a copy of the personal data we hold about you. If you wish to exercise these rights, please contact the Data Protection Team.

If you have any concerns or queries about how your personal data is handled by the consultation, please contact the Data Protection Officer at the Church of England.