The Archbishops' Council
Category: Language & Reference
This is the 122nd edition of the official Year Book of the Church of England. It contains the liturgical calendar for 2006-2007 and tables of selected Church statistics including attendance figures and numbers of ordinations.
Part 1 details information about the National Structures of the Church comprising the General Synod, The Archbishops' Council, The Church Commissioners, The Church of England Pensions Board and other boards and councils. The purposes and functions of the various committees are explained and their membership listed.
Part 2 provides the contact details for the senior clerical and administrative staff of the dioceses, presented in alphabetical order.
Part 3 contains general information including advice on addressing the clergy, chaplaincies, retreat houses, Royal Peculiars and Religious Orders amongst others.
Part 4 lists organizations including church societies, grant-making bodies, mission societies and professional groups with a paragraph about each organization and its contact details.
Part 5 looks further afield with maps of the dioceses of the Anglican and Porvoo Communions along with the bishops' telephone numbers.
Part 6 covers ecumenical data and last but not least, Part 7 provides a Who's Who of the members of General Synod along with those bishops, deans, archdeacons and provosts who are not members. There is an abundance of useful information here.
The Review of the Year 2005 was written by Glyn Webster, Chancellor of York Minster and Prolocutor of the Lower House of the Convocation of York 2000-2005. In it he looks for the signs of God's blessing through a year marked by 7 milestones: the tsunami, the G8 Summit, the marriage of HRH Prince Charles to Mrs Camilla Parker Bowles, the death of Pope John Paul II, the terrorist attacks on 7/7, the General Synod's vote to remove the obstacles preventing the ordination of women to the episcopate, and departures and arrivals.
He identifies where the Church has fulfilled its calling to make Christ known. Under the heading 'Anglican difficulties' he notes the Windsor Report. He is positive about the future of Cathedrals but concerned at the decline of literacy and introduction of Common Worship. He sees signs of hope in Fresh Expressions, increased giving, the success of Church schools and the growing use of Mission Action Plans. The Review is a balanced overview of the year which leaves the reader positive about the Church of England.Church House Publishing | Order from www.christianbookshops.org | Order from St Andrew's Bookshops
Sue Groom, June 2006
The Revd Sue Groom is the Director of Deanery Licensed Ministry for the Kensington Episcopal Area of London. Before this she was Vicar of St Matthew's, Yiewsley and also served as the Reader Training Officer for the Willesden Episcopal Area. She is the author of Linguistic Analysis of Biblical Hebrew (Paternoster Press, 2003).
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