Church job prospects

Dec 28, 2012 by

By Karen Soole, Evangelicals Now So many voices are crying out about the ordination of women bishops. Many are expressing their pain at discrimination, their outrage at the sexism inherent in blocking progress, blocking their vocation. Into this fray I want to speak too, but my voice feels weak among all this outrage. I am a natural candidate for ordination. I am a committed Christian who longs to serve Christ with all my energy. I love to teach the Bible, in fact I ache to teach the Bible, to...

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Fragile Church of England Maginot Line against gay marriage

Dec 15, 2012 by

By Julian Mann The clarity of the Church of England's stance against same-sex marriage has so far been commendably clear. But the chinks in its defensive armour are becoming ever more apparent. Take the episcopal complaints about the lack of consultation over Maria Miller's announcement that the Government is constructing a 'quadruple lock' against Anglican clergy being sued for refusing to take same-sex weddings. One would have thought 'thank you' would be the word for...

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Fair Measure 2012

Oct 24, 2012 by

A new site has been launched for papers, links and comments about the Draft Bishops and Priests (Consecration and Ordination of Women) Measure which is due to be debated by the General Synod of the Church of England on 20 November 2012. It will show that the Measure as it stands is not fit for purpose, because of its unjust treatment of significant minorities within the Church of England. It must be stopped before it damages the Church irreparably, and replaced with a new, fairer Measure which...

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Factbox – Women clergy in the Anglican Communion

Jul 11, 2012 by

1968 – The Lambeth Conference, the meeting of all Anglican church leaders once every 10 years, recommended that women be involved as much as possible in worship at services pending resolution of the female ordination issue that had been debated with increasing intensity during the 1960s.   1971 – The Anglican Church in Hong Kong ordained two women priests and confirm the status of a third women priest who was originally ordained in 1944 during the Japanese occupation but...

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Ordained Women Priests Outpace Men in Church of England

Jul 8, 2012 by

By Myles Collier, Christian Post A survey that was recently published examined the rates of female priests being ordained in the Church of England and showed that for the first time more women were ordained in 2010 than were men. The results of the survey were produced by the Evangelical Alliance and compiled by Peter Brierley, who used church statistics from the United Kingdom dating back until 2005. Official records form the Church of England showed that in 2010 there were 290 women compared...

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Number of women clergy in Church of England passes 3,500

Jul 8, 2012 by

From The Tablet The number of female clergy in the Church of England has passed 3,500 according to the latest figures released by the Church of England. Women accounted for 49 per cent or 245 of 2011's 504 ordinations. The statistics, which do not include this year's ordinations, show that the total number of ordained C of E clergy – stipendiary and non-stipendiary, male and female – in 2011 reached 11,418, with women making up 31 per cent of the total. The figures also...

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