After Chrism Masses, Benefice Appointments – CofE Independent Reviewer’s Second Report

Sep 1, 2015 by

By David Pocklington, Law & Religion UK: […]  On 10 August 2015, Sir Philip issued his second report following a letter from Dr Colin Podmore, Director of Forward in Faith, enclosing an expression of concern about the operation of the House of Bishops’ Declaration in respect of the Parish of All Saints, Cheltenham in the Diocese of Gloucester. He states “[t]he nub of the concern … was the licensing of the Revd Angela Smith as an “Associate Priest in the North Cheltenham Team” despite...

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Women make up Two-Thirds of Episcopal Church, new Survey finds

Aug 30, 2015 by

by David Virtue, VOL: For several months, VOL has been engaged in learning just how deep and wide is the influence of women in the Episcopal Church. As you know, we now have some 21 women bishops in TEC. The first to be consecrated was Barbara Harris in 1989; the last is Audrey Scanlan who will be consecrated the XI Bishop of Central Pennsylvania in September. There are hundreds of women clergy. In fact a survey of over 7,000 parishes, conducted by a research team, revealed that some 32% of...

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Women clergy statistics released by the Church of England to Parliament

Jun 15, 2015 by

By Caroline Spelman, Anglican Ink: The number of women clergy in the Church of England has risen by a thousand over the past ten years, the Second Church Estates Commissioner, the Rt. Hon. Caroline Spelman reported on 8 June 2015, while the number of male clergy has declined by 1100. The member for Ealing, Southall, Mr. Virendra Sharma (Lab.) on 2 June 2015 asked “the right hon. Member for Meriden, representing the Church Commissioners, how many members of the clergy in each of the last 10...

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Women clergy pray God gets a feminine touch

May 31, 2015 by

By Nicholas Hellen, Sunday Times: OUR Mother, who art in heaven? Women in the Church of England have held discussions about referring to God as “She”. The group wants to challenge the use of exclusively male language and imagery to describe God in the Lord’s Prayer, hymns, art and the language of church services. The Rev Emma Percy, chaplain of Trinity College, Oxford, and a member of Watch (Women and the Church), the pressure group that helped to win the argument within the Church of England...

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The Feminization of Anglican Orders

Aug 11, 2014 by

by Alice C Linsley, Virtueonline: The decision of the Synod of the Church of England to consecrate women bishops has widened the gap between those who hold to historic Anglican orders and those who seek “adventure” – to employ the Archbishop of Canterbury’s apt term. Consider the meaning: “ad” – facing or toward, and “venture” – to move into dangerous territory. In truth, the adventure began with the decision of the Episcopal Church to ordain women as priests. Before the ordination of...

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Why are we celebrating 20 years of the ordination of women?

May 5, 2014 by

From Reform Director of Reform Susie Leafe today asked, “What exactly are we celebrating? Women have been ministering in the church for 2000 years, not 20. The very fact that this event is taking place begs some serious questions about how some people view ministry in the Church of England. It seems we have forgotten that we follow Christ, who came to serve and not be served. We have pursued a false view of equality which consequentially belittles the ministry of lay women and all men,...

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