A risky journey – reflections on the General Synod vote on women bishops

Aug 14, 2014 by

Chris Sugden,  Church of England Newspaper: There were many reasons for the way people voted on the final vote for the Women Bishops’ Measure at York. Most who voted against were well aware that the vote would go through. The reason was that among the speakers during the debate were those who had voted against in November 2012 because in their judgment the legislation was poor and unfair. They held that the new measure met their concerns. Other speakers, such as the Bishop of Dorchester,...

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The women bishops debate

Jul 14, 2014 by

Chris Sugden in York: The two closing speeches in the Women Bishops’ debate called members of synod to begin an adventure in which everyone would need to change, and gave the strongest possible assurances that those who could not accept women bishops would be enabled to flourish as affirmed members of the Church of England and that any departure from this would be subject to an independent monitoring group. An early speaker was Dr Philip Giddings the chairman of the house of laity who had...

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May I Vote or should I Go? Transcript CofE Synod Friday Afternoon Women Bishops

Jul 14, 2014 by

From Titusonenine: You can listen to the debate on the Audio file here from from 1hr:19mins:40secs in until1hr:53mins:27secs in Pete Spiers: Liverpool 147 …when it comes to Monday, let’s not forget that we have three choices as to how we should vote. We can vote for; we can vote against; or we can abstain. Contrary to perceived wisdom I would like to suggest that abstention is not a wasted vote. People who abstain are those who say ‘we recognise that this legislation if it were to fail...

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Today in Synod, Sunday July 13 2014

Jul 14, 2014 by

By Chris Sugden: This morning we had the traditional morning communion service in York Minister. It never fails to be wonderful.  This year Jim Wallace preached with passion about when he learnt his theology of hope. He recalled being with Desmond Tutu in St George’s Cathedral Cape Town after an anti-apartheid rally was cancelled and they reconvened inside the cathedral. There were three times more police outside than worshippers inside.   The police broke in as if to say “We are the gods...

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Today in Synod Friday July 11

Jul 12, 2014 by

By Chris Sugden: The General Synod opened this afternoon in York against an impressive new purple and gold backdrop that ‘moved synod from the 70’s to the 21st century’ we were told, or resembled the flightdeck of the Starship Enterprise. It is more expensive to store it for another year than dispose of it at the close of synod. The five day sessions will be framed by the final stages of approval of the women bishops’ legislation on which the decisive vote will take place on Monday. Pete...

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Church of England women bishops: archbishops will overrule synod

Jul 10, 2014 by

By Andrew Brown, Guardian: The archbishop of Canterbury plans to force legislation through if the General Synod does not accept female bishops. The archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby is preparing to drive through legislation to allow women bishops even if it is rejected by the church’s governing body, the General Synod. The synod is poised to vote again on the vexed plan next week but senior sources have told the Guardian that should the move be blocked again, there are now options...

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