A preview of General Synod

The General Synod of the Church of England meets November 19-21 and they are expected to take up the measure allowing for the ordination of women to the Episcopate and other issues.

The General Synod blog has a helpful preview of what to expect.

Papers for the session are available here. – It’s not all about women bishops.

Archbishop Rowan Williams has a number of contributed videos under the title Enough Waiting on the Archbishop of Canterbury’s site. Both Archbishop Rowan, and Bishop Justin Welby (Archbishop designate) have spoken of strongly supporting the current measure as the best way forward to support women bishops, whilst giving the strongest level of support for those who cannot in all conscience accept women bishops.

There is a video entitled Not Enough Waiting representing a traditionalist view featuring Bishop Lindsay Urwin, from Walsingham.

A pro-women bishops lobbying site has been set up under the banner Yes 2 Women Bishops.

The A Fair Measure For All site collects a number of traditionalist/conservative articles and links; as does Together Forward.

The main debate on women bishops takes place on Tues 20 November.

Please pray for all listening and participating in Synod’s debates; and for those who will be most dissapointed – whatever the result of the voting is.

Alastair Cutting (Chichester 96)

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