Diocesan Synod

Scope and Content

The records have been divided into 3 series as follows:

  • Minutes & meeting papers, 1972-1976
  • Papers relating to diocesan synods (Unlisted) c1964-1978, 1979-1982, 1983-1986
  • Letters from Secretary of the General Synod to Diocesan Synod Secretaries, 1990-1997

The records of the Diocesan Synod are then further divided into the following sub sub sub fonds:

  • Archbishop's Council & Standing Committee
  • Stewardship Council (council closed c1991)

Administrative / Biographical History

As a result of the 1969 Synodical Government Measure, diocesan conferences were dissolved and diocesan synods were constituted for each diocese. The York Diocesan Synod meets at least twice a year comprises of three houses; bishops, clergy and laity. The Diocesan Synod focuses on matters regarding the Church of England, religion and current affairs, and how they relate to the diocese. The Diocesan Synod debates and offers opinions on matters that have been referred to it by the General Synod and can refer matters to the General Synod through the bishop. The Diocesan Synod also facilitates communication between the diocese the deaneries and the parishes - the diocese passing information to the deaneries & parishes through the synod and vice versa.