Southampton curate Rev Amy Powis welcomes decision on women bishops

Historic moment for church welcomed by Southampton curate

Historic moment for church welcomed by Southampton curate

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ON Monday I sat in my study, having listened intently to almost four hours of debate at the General Synod.

It was with a great sense of pride that I watched the church vote to allow women to serve as bishops within the Church of England – the completion of what began 20 years ago with the ordination of women.

The debate was very different to the one that took place in 2012. Most of the opinions I heard this time were clear; they were about how we as a church can and must work together to bring about change, and that opinion came from both sides of the debate.

This was a hopeful day for the church as I believe it showed willingness for everyone to move forward together.

I know that after this vote there will be people who are struggling with the decision, and I am sorry for the hurt that they are now going through.

It is important that we continue to seek a church where we can be united despite our differences.

As Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby said we are a family that offers a place of welcome and growth for all.

My rejoicing of the decision is not par ticularly because I want one day to be a bishop.

Rather, for me this brings the church to a place which I believe reflects the heart of God.

We worship and serve a God who is for men and for women, equally. I wholeheartedly believe that the God who we see in scripture not only allows women to be leaders, he rejoices in this happening.

There are so many stories throughout the Bible about leadership, and quite a few of those are stories about women: Deborah, Ruth, Esther, Mary, and Phoebe to name but a few.

Jesus had a revolutionary opinion of women too. In a culture where he, as a Jewish Rabbi, did not even have to spend time with women, time and time again he did.

He healed sick women, he spent time with women who had been shunned from their communities and he allowed them to learn from him in a time when that right would have been saved only for the clever men.

I started my day on Monday by tweeting a quote by Dorothy L Sayers: “The women were first at the cradle and last at the cross.”

Women were also the first to see and hear the news of the resurrection and play a crucial role in the Bible.

I rejoice in the fact that women will now be able to play a part in the leadership of the Church of England, and I pray that many blessings for the church and those outside the church will come from that.

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1:28pm Sun 20 Jul 14

The Wickham Man says...

So for all those thousands of years God didn't want women bishops or even vicars but now suddenly he does. How lucky God is to have this synod telling him what he thinks (which always seems to chime with what the synod happens to think too). Aren't believers funny - Like children who never grew up.
So for all those thousands of years God didn't want women bishops or even vicars but now suddenly he does. How lucky God is to have this synod telling him what he thinks (which always seems to chime with what the synod happens to think too). Aren't believers funny - Like children who never grew up. The Wickham Man
  • Score: 9

5:18pm Sun 20 Jul 14

IronLady2010 says...

The most corrupt part of life to ever exist.
The most corrupt part of life to ever exist. IronLady2010
  • Score: -3

5:28pm Sun 20 Jul 14

solomum says...

The Wickham Man wrote:
So for all those thousands of years God didn't want women bishops or even vicars but now suddenly he does. How lucky God is to have this synod telling him what he thinks (which always seems to chime with what the synod happens to think too). Aren't believers funny - Like children who never grew up.
Humans are very good at changing God's word to suit themselves. God will be the same yesterday, today and forever.
[quote][p][bold]The Wickham Man[/bold] wrote: So for all those thousands of years God didn't want women bishops or even vicars but now suddenly he does. How lucky God is to have this synod telling him what he thinks (which always seems to chime with what the synod happens to think too). Aren't believers funny - Like children who never grew up.[/p][/quote]Humans are very good at changing God's word to suit themselves. God will be the same yesterday, today and forever. solomum
  • Score: 6

5:31pm Sun 20 Jul 14

IronLady2010 says...

solomum wrote:
The Wickham Man wrote:
So for all those thousands of years God didn't want women bishops or even vicars but now suddenly he does. How lucky God is to have this synod telling him what he thinks (which always seems to chime with what the synod happens to think too). Aren't believers funny - Like children who never grew up.
Humans are very good at changing God's word to suit themselves. God will be the same yesterday, today and forever.
WHAT is God's word?

It's a fictional person that no-one can prove.
[quote][p][bold]solomum[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]The Wickham Man[/bold] wrote: So for all those thousands of years God didn't want women bishops or even vicars but now suddenly he does. How lucky God is to have this synod telling him what he thinks (which always seems to chime with what the synod happens to think too). Aren't believers funny - Like children who never grew up.[/p][/quote]Humans are very good at changing God's word to suit themselves. God will be the same yesterday, today and forever.[/p][/quote]WHAT is God's word? It's a fictional person that no-one can prove. IronLady2010
  • Score: -3

5:33pm Sun 20 Jul 14

IronLady2010 says...

IronLady2010 wrote:
solomum wrote:
The Wickham Man wrote:
So for all those thousands of years God didn't want women bishops or even vicars but now suddenly he does. How lucky God is to have this synod telling him what he thinks (which always seems to chime with what the synod happens to think too). Aren't believers funny - Like children who never grew up.
Humans are very good at changing God's word to suit themselves. God will be the same yesterday, today and forever.
WHAT is God's word?

It's a fictional person that no-one can prove.
Although those who give money to a corrupt Church to spend on whatever they please, we have to have sympathy.

They sit on Billions and still ask for donations from those who are sucked in to something they 'want' to believe in, often taking from the poorest.
[quote][p][bold]IronLady2010[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]solomum[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]The Wickham Man[/bold] wrote: So for all those thousands of years God didn't want women bishops or even vicars but now suddenly he does. How lucky God is to have this synod telling him what he thinks (which always seems to chime with what the synod happens to think too). Aren't believers funny - Like children who never grew up.[/p][/quote]Humans are very good at changing God's word to suit themselves. God will be the same yesterday, today and forever.[/p][/quote]WHAT is God's word? It's a fictional person that no-one can prove.[/p][/quote]Although those who give money to a corrupt Church to spend on whatever they please, we have to have sympathy. They sit on Billions and still ask for donations from those who are sucked in to something they 'want' to believe in, often taking from the poorest. IronLady2010
  • Score: -3

6:01pm Sun 20 Jul 14

eurogordi says...

As a Christian, I have to disagree with Rev. Amy Powis on this matter. Putting aside the usual arguments over whether God exists, is the Bible true etc., I personally feel that the Bible DOES support the role of women but as MINISTERS and not PRIESTS. There is a subtle difference in that Priests can administer the Holy Sacraments while Ministers cannot. It is only in the last 12 months that I have come to accept this as truth, after months and years of heart searching and study. Sadly this forum is not the place for a long theological discussion, but the General Synod cannot suddenly vote to change what I believe is fundamentally clear.
As a Christian, I have to disagree with Rev. Amy Powis on this matter. Putting aside the usual arguments over whether God exists, is the Bible true etc., I personally feel that the Bible DOES support the role of women but as MINISTERS and not PRIESTS. There is a subtle difference in that Priests can administer the Holy Sacraments while Ministers cannot. It is only in the last 12 months that I have come to accept this as truth, after months and years of heart searching and study. Sadly this forum is not the place for a long theological discussion, but the General Synod cannot suddenly vote to change what I believe is fundamentally clear. eurogordi
  • Score: 1

9:37pm Sun 20 Jul 14

rjfmusic says...

As a member of a Christian Church, I would say there is only one thing that matters - that I should be in a right relationship with God, not a right relationship with my church. Churches are only a means to an end and I have chosen mine because it brings me closer to God.
God will decide whom he wants to be with him in heaven.
I don't expect other people to accept what I believe - we each have to find our own way.
As a member of a Christian Church, I would say there is only one thing that matters - that I should be in a right relationship with God, not a right relationship with my church. Churches are only a means to an end and I have chosen mine because it brings me closer to God. God will decide whom he wants to be with him in heaven. I don't expect other people to accept what I believe - we each have to find our own way. rjfmusic
  • Score: 2

12:44am Mon 21 Jul 14

Rob444 says...

What have these people historically feared about women having some power? Are women just for being baby producers, like in the Muslim culture?
What have these people historically feared about women having some power? Are women just for being baby producers, like in the Muslim culture? Rob444
  • Score: 0

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