Why Christians need to find ways of generously living together

Mar 12, 2019 by

by Tony Robinson: After an independent review found that the Dean and Chapter of Wakefield Cathedral did not do enough to accommodate the views of a traditionalist worshipper opposed to women’s ordination, the Bishop of Wakefield responds.   Generosity is surely essential to following Jesus. Indeed all that Jesus expects us to do in life cannot be done without a generous attitude. Generosity is required to trust God at the depth that produces a life of sacrifice, serving others and even...

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Church of England clears the way for first female Archbishop by rewriting laws that refer to the role as a ‘he’

Feb 16, 2019 by

by Steve Doughty, Mailonline: The Church of England has edged closer to the appointment of its first woman Archbishop. A sweep to remove potential barriers from the path of any woman promoted to the highest leadership of the CofE is to be carried out by the Church’s parliament later this month. Among changes set to be approved by the General Synod are legal rules which refer to the two Archbishops of Canterbury and York as men. The alterations to the 50-year-old constitution of the Synod come...

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Women ready to break stained glass ceiling by winning race to be next Archbishop of York

Jan 7, 2019 by

by Kaya Burgess, The Times: The Church of England could appoint its first female archbishop after two women were named among the frontrunners to be the next Archbishop of York. The secretive recruitment process to replace the Most Rev John Sentamu when he retires in June next year is due to begin soon. The bishops of London and Ripon, the Right Revs Sarah Mullally and Helen-Ann Hartley and the Bishop of Chelmsford, the Right Rev Stephen Cottrell, are joint 3-1 favourites, William Hill has...

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London PCC’s criteria for accepting a bishop went too far, Sir William Fittall decides

Dec 14, 2018 by

by Madeleine Davies, Church Times: A PCC’s rejection of episcopal ministry from a bishop ordained by the Archbishop of Canterbury, on the grounds that the Archbishop has consecrated women as bishops, is based on a theology of taint that the traditional Catholic bishops of the C of E have “firmly rejected”, the Church’s Independent Reviewer, Sir William Fittall, has judged. His decision, published on Friday, concerns a grievance against the Bishop of London, the Rt Revd Sarah Mullally, brought...

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Why a woman may be the next Archbishop of York, but not of Canterbury

Oct 3, 2018 by

by Archbishop Cranmer: His Grace The Most Rev’d and Rt Hon Dr John Sentamu, Lord Archbishop of York, has announced that he will retire from his post on 7th June 2020, three days before his 71st birthday. He said: “I have decided to announce my retirement now in order to provide the Church of England with the widest possible time frame to pray, discern with wisdom and insight and put in place a timetable for my successor and to consider fully the work they will be called to do in service to the...

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Sentamu retirement opens door for Church of England’s first female archbishop

Oct 2, 2018 by

by Victoria Ward and Jamie Merrill, Telegraph: The Archbishop of York has announced his retirement, paving the way for a woman to take the role for the first time. Dr John Sentamu will step down on June 7, 2020, three days before his 71st birthday. He was granted special dispensation from the Queen to extend his duties beyond the church’s compulsory retirement age of 70. The Ugandan-born clergyman was enthroned as Archbishop of York in 2005. He was the first black archbishop in the Church’s...

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