This is the democratically elected decision-making body of the diocese which sets policy and guides activity in the diocese with the Bishop, it is a 'sort of' a parliament for the diocese.
- Considers issues concerning the Church of England and makes provisions for such matters in relation to the diocese.
- Considers and expresses its opinion on any other matters of religious or public interest.
- Advises the Bishop on any matters on which he may consult the Synod.
- Considers and expresses opinion on any matters referred to it by the General Synod – the ruling body of the Church of England – and in particular approves or disapproves provisions referred to Diocesan Synod under Article 8 of the General Synod Constitution.
Its membership is comprised of both clergy and laity, representing each deanery in the diocese. Synod members are elected for a period of three years, beginning on 1 August in the year of their election.
Next Diocesan Synod dates:
Saturday 18 March 2023 (Stowmarket Salvation Army)
Saturday 24 June 2023 (St Edmundsbury Cathedral)
Saturday 14 October 2023 (Via Zoom)
Standing Orders for House of Clergy | PDF
Standing Orders for House of Laity | PDF