I look forward to women being bishops

I look forward to women being bishops

I look forward to women being bishops

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IN 1978, the Bishop of Birmingham moved a motion seeking legislation to allow women to be both priests and bishops.

In 1987, women were ordained deacons and in 1994, the first women were ordained to the priesthood in the Church of England.

Now in 2014, the General Synod approves legislation to allow female bishops.

The journey so far has involved much risk taking by those who have paved the way to the decision.

It is a journey that has involved disappointment, rejection, pain and resistance – the natural reactions of any group, any institution, facing change.

We now begin a new phase in our journey.

For some, there is a sense of relief. For me, and others, there is excitement at the beginning of a new era, but I am aware that for some it is a most difficult day.

My hope is that as women take up the role of bishop and this becomes a working reality, some of their fear will reduce.

We have been given an opportunity to show to the worldhow we in the Church of England can work together, even though we may not agree. It’s an opportunity to live together in peace and to respect each other.

Communities where men and women serve equally as bishops, priests and deacons will be better, for in Christ we are one in humanity.

We’re women and men sharing the love of God and serving God and all people equally, in every task in our day-to-day lives.

It is important we remember the world watches howwe live our lives and how we allow the love of God to be evident in all that we say, all that we do and all that we are.

There are a lot of very talented, inspiring, women ready to take up the role of bishop.

The first women to be bishops will bear a tremendous responsibility – they will have an awesome task.

My prayers and the prayers of many will be with whoever the first women are to fulfil this role.

I have never seen myself as a woman priest. I am a priest who happens to be a woman.

Likewise, these new bishops will be just that. Bishops who happen to be women.

But I will say with confidence that through the grace of God, the first female to be a bishop will be the right person, at the right time, in the right place.

I look forward to 2015 and the future with anticipation and excitement as this next phase of the journey begins.

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10:08am Sun 20 Jul 14

AuldGit says...

It would have been nice to know the identity of the author of this item.
It would have been nice to know the identity of the author of this item. AuldGit
  • Score: 3

11:29am Sun 20 Jul 14

CHRISTMAS CAROL says...

I dont care
I dont care CHRISTMAS CAROL
  • Score: -4

11:52am Sun 20 Jul 14

ThisYear says...

Religion, a man made tool to control people, will eventually eat itself..
Religion, a man made tool to control people, will eventually eat itself.. ThisYear
  • Score: -5

3:29pm Sun 20 Jul 14

Maddogg says...

They're all kiddy fiddlers, hiding behind a cloth.
They're all kiddy fiddlers, hiding behind a cloth. Maddogg
  • Score: -6

3:29pm Sun 20 Jul 14

Maddogg says...

They're all kiddy fiddlers, hiding behind a cloth.
They're all kiddy fiddlers, hiding behind a cloth. Maddogg
  • Score: -5

3:57pm Sun 20 Jul 14

GrumpyofLeigh says...

Maddogg wrote:
They're all kiddy fiddlers, hiding behind a cloth.
That was such a penetrating and informative insight you felt the need to repeat it?
[quote][p][bold]Maddogg[/bold] wrote: They're all kiddy fiddlers, hiding behind a cloth.[/p][/quote]That was such a penetrating and informative insight you felt the need to repeat it? GrumpyofLeigh
  • Score: 2

4:22pm Sun 20 Jul 14

Maddogg says...

GrumpyofLeigh wrote:
Maddogg wrote:
They're all kiddy fiddlers, hiding behind a cloth.
That was such a penetrating and informative insight you felt the need to repeat it?
Sorry, dodgy internet.
[quote][p][bold]GrumpyofLeigh[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Maddogg[/bold] wrote: They're all kiddy fiddlers, hiding behind a cloth.[/p][/quote]That was such a penetrating and informative insight you felt the need to repeat it?[/p][/quote]Sorry, dodgy internet. Maddogg
  • Score: -2

4:38pm Sun 20 Jul 14

John Bull 40 says...

Maddogg wrote:
GrumpyofLeigh wrote:
Maddogg wrote:
They're all kiddy fiddlers, hiding behind a cloth.
That was such a penetrating and informative insight you felt the need to repeat it?
Sorry, dodgy internet.
Or devine intervention, if you believe that book of myths.
[quote][p][bold]Maddogg[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]GrumpyofLeigh[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Maddogg[/bold] wrote: They're all kiddy fiddlers, hiding behind a cloth.[/p][/quote]That was such a penetrating and informative insight you felt the need to repeat it?[/p][/quote]Sorry, dodgy internet.[/p][/quote]Or devine intervention, if you believe that book of myths. John Bull 40
  • Score: 0

10:48pm Sun 20 Jul 14

runwellian says...

Be nice if we got rid of all religion, the world would be a much more peaceful place!
Be nice if we got rid of all religion, the world would be a much more peaceful place! runwellian
  • Score: -2

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