Women bishops to be fast-tracked into Lords

Dec 19, 2014 by

by Carey Lodge, Christian Today: A bill to fast-track women bishops into the House of Lords was introduced in Parliament yesterday. The legislation proposes that the 21 “spiritual” seats be given to women bishops as they become available, rather than to the longest-serving bishop as is currently law. This provision would remain in place for 10 years. Constitution minister Sam Gymiah explained in a statement to MPs that unless the current law is changed, “it would be many...

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Church of England welcomes publication of Lords Spiritual (Women) Bill

Dec 19, 2014 by

From ACNS: The Church of England has welcomed a Bill published today by the Government aimed at speeding up the introduction of the first women diocesan bishops into the House of Lords.Bishop Tim Stevens, Bishop of Leicester and convenor of the bishops in the House of Lords, welcoming the Bill, said the presence of women diocesan bishops would “enrich and strengthen” the voice of the bishops in the House of Lords.He said: “We know that women bishops will enrich and strengthen the leadership of...

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First woman Bishop: C of E and BBC presentations.

Dec 17, 2014 by

by Andrew Symes, Anglican Mainstream The BBC’s coverage of the appointment of Libby Lane as Bishop of Stockport has been relatively fair, objective and without triumphalism. Religion correspondent Caroline Wyatt begins one of her reports  with the words: Many say that this moment for the Church is long overdue…For those who have campaigned for years on the issue of women priests, this is a day for celebration. But she is careful to observe that Nonetheless, opponents who believe that the Bible...

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Reform media statement on the appointment of Revd Libby Lane

Dec 17, 2014 by

Members of the Reform network will be praying for the Rev Libby Lane and for the Diocese of Chester in the light of the announcement. Whilst not surprised by this appointment we are very concerned about the strain it will put on local diocesan relationships. Rod Thomas, Chairman of Reform said, “We have known since July that the Church of England would seek to appoint women to the episcopate – against the biblical model of good church leadership. Though it grieves us, it comes as no surprise....

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The Revd Libby Lane Announced as Bishop of Stockport

Dec 17, 2014 by

Downing Street have today announced that the new Bishop of Stockport – and the first woman bishop in the Church of England – will be the Revd Libby Lane, currently Vicar of St Peter’s, Hale, and St Elizabeth’s, Ashley. As Bishop of Stockport she will serve as a suffragan (assistant) bishop in the Diocese of Chester. She will be consecrated as the 8th Bishop of Stockport at a ceremony at York Minster on Monday 26 January 2015. Libby Lane was ordained as a priest in 1994...

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Church of England poised to name first female bishop

Dec 17, 2014 by

From The Guardian: The Church of England will on Wednesday announce the appointment of its first female bishop, just four weeks after its General Synod voted for a historic law change. The candidate, set to be named at 10am, will become bishop of Stockport. It is a relatively junior role, which will make her an assistant bishop in the diocese of Chester. As a suffragan bishop, she will not be eligible to sit in the House of Lords – an honour reserved for only the most senior 26 of the church’s...

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