What difference will women bishops make? Quite a lot, it seems…

May 27, 2015 by

By Ruth Gledhill, Christian Today: A leading witch and herbalist shared a Church of England platform last night with other women religious leaders including the Presiding Bishop of the US Episcopal Church and Gogglebox tv vicar Rev Kate Bottley. Helene Mobius, who heads the prison chaplain ministry of the Pagan Federation, challenged stereotypes of women at the event, the latest in the Westminster Faith Debates series at London’s liberal flagship church, St James’s Piccadilly. The...

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Bishop of Maidstone: 300 CofE congregations oppose women bishops

May 11, 2015 by

By Desmond Busteed, Premier: Up to a tenth of the Church of England and 300 congregations still cannot accept the authority of women bishops, according to the new Bishop of Maidstone. Last week Revd Prebendary Rod Thomas was given the post specifically to minister to members of the growing conservative evangelical wing of the Church, who oppose women in leading roles within the Church. “I was asked to estimate how many people would be likely to share my theological convictions on the...

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Leaving home: The Future of the Faith in England

Apr 17, 2015 by

By Gavin Ashenden, Anglican Ink: The thought of leaving Canterbury, spiritually or emotionally, breaks my heart. I grew up there. I spent five years in the school built around its cloisters. I sang from its tower on Ascension days. I sat for hours at the entrance to the cloisters where Thomas a Becket was struck down for refusing the demands of the secular over the sacred. I took the Eucharist there in the bowels of its undercroft before dawn in the mists of winter. I was confirmed there when...

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Is Not Trendy Talk About ‘Flourishing’ For Tulips Rather Than Christians?

Mar 30, 2015 by

by Julian Mann, Virtueonline: The House of Bishops’ five guiding principles over women in the episcopate, which all ordination candidates are required to sign, purport to be a basis for ‘mutual flourishing’. How a self-contradictory and now mandatory set of bullet points like these can be that is arguably open to question. But what is not in doubt is that the ‘flourish’ word has now become very trendy in the Church of England. Flourish of course has the ring of...

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Church of England names first female bishop to sit in the House of Lords

Mar 26, 2015 by

By Victoria Ward, Telegraph: The first woman bishop to sit in the House of Lords has been appointed by the Church of England. The Venerable Rachel Treweek, Archdeacon of Hackney, will become the Bishop of Gloucester. The 52-year-old is the UK’s third woman bishop but the first diocesan bishop – a more senior position than the junior, or suffragan, posts two women have so far been given. Ven Treweek, who believes that men and women should serve “side by side” in the highest offices of the...

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Church of England creates second female bishop

Mar 25, 2015 by

By Caroline Davies, Guardian: The Church of England has appointed a second female bishop, naming the Rev Canon Alison White as the new bishop of Hull. The announcement on Wednesday follows the consecration of the Rev Libby Lane, 48, as the eighth bishop of Stockport in January. The archbishop of York, Dr John Sentamu, declared: “This is a joyous day.” White, 58, is married to the Right Rev Frank White, 65, who is assistant bishop of Newcastle – making the couple the UK’s first husband-and-wife...

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