Women clergy: The Independent Reviewer’s Report on Wakefield Cathedral

Mar 7, 2019 by

from Forward in Faith: Forward in Faith welcomes Sir William Fittall’s judicious report on Wakefield Cathedral. We welcome particularly the Independent Reviewer’s ruling that ‘Even where the identity of the celebrant at a service is not routinely published in advance it should not be regarded as confidential information. It should, therefore, be supplied with a good grace to anyone who asks for it in advance so that they can make an informed choice over whether to attend a particular service...

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Subverting Diversity: An open letter to the Archbishops of Canterbury and York

Jan 10, 2019 by

from the Parochial Church Council of St George’s, Headstone, Harrow The Most Revd and Rt Hon Justin Welby The Most Revd and Rt Hon Dr John Sentamu Your Graces, The Parochial Church Council of St George’s, Headstone has considered the Independent Reviewer’s report of 13 December 2018 on its grievance brought against the Bishop of London in connection with the House of Bishops’ Declaration on the Ministry of Bishops and Priests. The Independent Reviewer has misrepresented the PCC’s grounds of...

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Male only vicar job advert ‘misogynistic’

Sep 27, 2018 by

from BBC News: An advert for a vicar’s job which states only men can apply is the work of “crusty old misogynists”, it has been claimed. The advert is backed by the Diocese of Oxford and appears on its website. “I was horrified to see this strange church persist with its antediluvian policy of opposing women priests,” said councillor Susanna Pressel. The Diocese said a small proportion of parishes believe on theological grounds that their vicar should be a man....

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English bishops: a quiet and unnoticed scandal

Sep 3, 2018 by

by David Baker, Christian Today: There has been much thankfulness among many Anglican evangelicals about the church’s newest bishop. The announcement that Philip Mounstephen, who currently heads the Church Mission Society (CMS), is to be the next Bishop of Truro has generally been reckoned as good news for evangelicals in the Church of England. Philip Mounstephen is widely recognised as someone who will do the sorts of things bishops do with godliness, kindness and competence. In a...

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My Perspective on Women Priests

Aug 22, 2018 by

by Alice C Linsley, Forward in Christ Magazine: Some readers and former students are aware that I was a “priest” in the Episcopal Church. I was ordained by Bishop Allen Bartlett in 1989 at Trinity Church in Swarthmore, Pennsylvania. Over a span of about 18 years, I served in the Diocese of Pennsylvania, the Diocese of Southern Ohio, and the Diocese of Lexington, Kentucky. During those years I began to discern widening cracks in the theological and ecclesial foundations of that body. However,...

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Rising numbers of women opt for priesthood as a second career

Aug 19, 2018 by

by Olivia Rudgard, Telegraph: Rising numbers of women are entering the priesthood as a second career, Church of England figures show. Women are being encouraged to join after movements such as #MeToo boosted their confidence and prompted male clergy to offer them more support, church leaders suggested. Following in the footsteps of the Bishop of London, Sarah Mullally, who joined the Church after a successful career in nursing, the number of women aged 40 to 54 being accepted for ordination...

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