A letter from Rod Thomas to Reform members

Reform Chairman Prebendary Rod Thomas“Dear Member of Reform,

You will have been saddened, but probably not surprised, by the General Synod’s vote last Monday on women bishops.

This was the logical outcome of the decision in 1993 to enable women to be ordained to the presbyterate in the Church of England. That decision prompted the formation of Reform and since then we have actively sought to urge the Church to reform herself under the authority of the Word of God. …”

– Rod Thomas, Chairman of Reform, responds to the Women Bishops vote.

‘Church of England says yes to women bishops’

2014 Church of England General Synod“Women can now become bishops following an historic vote by the Church of England’s General Synod today.

Following a day of debate at the General Synod meeting in York on the issue of women in the episcopate, at least two thirds majority of each house – laity, clergy and bishops – voted in favour of the measure to pass.

General Synod votes in favour in all three houses:
• Bishops: 37 in favour, 2 against, 1 abstention.
• Clergy: 162 in favour, 25 against, 4 abstentions.
• Laity: 152 in favour, against 45, 5 abstentions…”

– from the Anglican Communion News Service.

See also: The transcript of the Archbishop Justin Welby’s remarks during the General Synod debate.

‘Anglican archbishops clash over assisted dying ahead of UK law debate’

Bp George Carey“Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby has stressed his opposition to assisted dying as one of his predecessors announced he has changed his mind and will now support the right of terminally ill patients to seek help to end their lives. …

George Carey … said he would now oppose the church’s official line by supporting the right to be helped to die…”

– Report from The Sydney Morning Herald.

Related:

Blogger “Cranmer” weighs in: “Lord Carey unhelpfully tells us via the Daily Mail that ‘The old philosophical certainties have collapsed in the face of the reality of needless suffering’.”

“Desmond Tutu: I support assisted dying” – The (UK) Telegraph.

A succession plan for our parish

Christ Church Chadderton“Blake’s words about ‘dark, satanic mills’ were not specifically about Oldham, but they could have described the Oldham of my childhood, surrounded as we were by over 360 mills.

The damp, gloomy atmosphere of this Pennine town, together with the coal mined here, provided ideal conditions for it to be the textile processing capital of the world. The parish of Christ Church Chadderton was founded in 1870 at the height of this industry as a clearly evangelical witness.…”

– At Church Society, John Simmons shares why his parish has asked Church Society to be its Patron. (It’s a rather different system in the CofE – and evangelical patronage is a significant responsibility.) Photo: Christ Church Chadderton.

C of E General Synod agenda ‘built around women bishop business’

Church of England web logo“The General Synod of the Church of England meets in York in July for a five day meeting from 3.00 pm on Friday 11th July until 1.00 pm on Tuesday 15 July.

The Agenda for the meeting is published today. The Agenda is constructed around a sequence of legislative business on Women in the Episcopate…”

– Report from The Church of England.

Stuart Townend says don’t censor ‘In Christ Alone’

cross-5“Liberal Anglicans do not like the reference to the wrath of God being satisfied in the hymn ‘In Christ Alone’, so what do they do? Censor it …”

– Julian Mann (‘Cranmer’s Curate’) writes about that much-loved modern hymn.

St. Helen’s looks back with thanksgiving

St HelensOn Thursday 11th May 1961, the Rev. Richard Charles (Dick) Lucas was inducted to the parish of St. Helen, Bishopsgate, in London.

Many in Sydney can join with the congregation at St. Helen’s in giving thanks and praying for future growth.

Here’s a nicely-done 12 minute video released for the anniversary.

Abp Welby marks 20 years of women priests

Photo: ACNS“Men and women are “equally icons, witnesses, vessels of Christ for the world”, the Archbishop said today during a service at St Paul’s Cathedral marking the 20th anniversary of female priests.”

– Read Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby’s sermon here. Photo: ACNS.

Related: Reform press release.

Reform asks: Why is the C of E celebrating 20 years of the ordination of women?

susie-leafe-2Director of Reform Susie Leafe today asked, “What exactly are we celebrating? Women have been ministering in the church for 2000 years, not 20. The very fact that this event is taking place begs some serious questions about how some people view ministry in the Church of England. It seems we have forgotten that we follow Christ, who came to serve and not be served…”

– full press release from Reform in the UK.

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