Church of England votes in favour of women bishops

Daily Echo: Church of England votes in favour of women bishops Church of England votes in favour of women bishops

FIGURES within Hampshire's church community have welcomed the decision to allow women to become bishops.

The Church of England's General Synod this afternoon voted in favour of introducing women bishops for the first time.

Bishops, clergy, and laity all voted in favour of the motion.

There was shock in 2012 after the plan collapsed when there were six votes short among lay members.

Now members of the church across the county have reacted positively to the vote.

Rev Clare Downing, moderator of the Wessex Synod of the United Reformed Church, said: “I am looking forward to working with female colleagues in the church of England in the small roles that I have,“I don't know if it's so much a change. It's something that has been on the cards for so long that although there's those that are somewhat upset by it it's not a surprise to anyone any more.

“It's still progression that has taken a while.”

Rev Doctor Sarah Hall, of the South West Hants group of the United Reformed Church, said it was a “new era”: “I think it is excellent news.

“I remember when the Church of England first ordained female arch deacons.

“The thing about the church is you cannot force people to change their minds.”

The venerable Joanne Grenfell, archdeacon of Portsdown, said: “This is fantastic news for the church of England and the country as a whole. To have women and men together in all areas of the ministry is a true witness to a god who created men and women as equals.

“I am really confident the church of England can move forward and find was to make this work and welcome women in the coming months.”

Christine Whitehead, newly ordained deacon working in the benefice of Chandler's Ford, said she was pleased with the vote, adding: “I was surprised how personally I felt hurt by the previous vote against.”

Rev Stephen Wilkins, of Bitterne Park United Reformed Church, said: “The United Reformed Church has been ordaining women ministers since 1909, and we have female ministers who are pretty much at a similar level of administration for pastoral care as Church of England bishops - it has not been a problem for us for more than 100 years.

“I am perfectly happy for the Church of England to have female bishops.

“I understand there is a theological concern but the church has got a bigger agenda than worrying about who is running it.”

Following the vote by the General Synod in favour of women bishops, the Right Reverend Tim Dakin, the Bishop of Winchester, said: “Synod's decision has sent out a clear and joyful message.

"At last, gifted women leaders will be able to serve as bishops. I’m delighted, and I hope this decision will release energy, allow for reconciliation and enable all to flourish in the church’s life and mission."

He added: “For so long, including in our own diocese of Winchester, the Church of England has benefited greatly from the outstanding ministry of both women and men working together. Now, we can look forward to working together in our mission as bishops as well.

“This has been an emotional journey for many. That applies as much for those who have campaigned steadfastly for this day, as well as those whose traditional views have been challenged by the process.

"All should continue to have an honoured place both in our Diocese and across the Church. Importantly, this has been properly reflected in the legislation that Synod has passed.”

How the three Church of England synod houses voted:

Bishops: 37 in favour, 2 against, 1 abstention.

Clergy: 162 in favour, 25 against, 4 abstentions

Laity: 152 in favour, against 45, 5 abstentions.

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5:01pm Mon 14 Jul 14

tharg64 says...

And about time too...

Not that I personally agree with organised religion...the biggest cause of war, death and suffering known to mankind.
And about time too... Not that I personally agree with organised religion...the biggest cause of war, death and suffering known to mankind. tharg64
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6:37pm Mon 14 Jul 14

bullsbags says...

Women Bishops OUTRAGEOUS
Women Bishops OUTRAGEOUS bullsbags
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6:40pm Mon 14 Jul 14

Richard 51 says...

See what happens when you give woman the vote.
See what happens when you give woman the vote. Richard 51
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7:22pm Mon 14 Jul 14

George4th says...

Of course they want more women in their churches - they are running out of men!
Of course they want more women in their churches - they are running out of men! George4th
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8:13pm Mon 14 Jul 14

Charlie Bucket says...

tharg64 wrote:
And about time too...

Not that I personally agree with organised religion...the biggest cause of war, death and suffering known to mankind.
Is it? I always thought it was other people doing all that, and using religion as one of their many excuses.
[quote][p][bold]tharg64[/bold] wrote: And about time too... Not that I personally agree with organised religion...the biggest cause of war, death and suffering known to mankind.[/p][/quote]Is it? I always thought it was other people doing all that, and using religion as one of their many excuses. Charlie Bucket
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11:36pm Mon 14 Jul 14

sparkster says...

I agree with bullsbags outrageous
I agree with bullsbags outrageous sparkster
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11:43pm Mon 14 Jul 14

scoobysnacks says...

Yawn. Stupid, male trolls being ridiculous because they want to try and assert some thinly veiled air of masculinity and entice women into a slanging match.

Boring.

If you want to maintain your masculinity, grow up. Losers.
Yawn. Stupid, male trolls being ridiculous because they want to try and assert some thinly veiled air of masculinity and entice women into a slanging match. Boring. If you want to maintain your masculinity, grow up. Losers. scoobysnacks
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8:42am Tue 15 Jul 14

For pity sake says...

scoobysnacks wrote:
Yawn. Stupid, male trolls being ridiculous because they want to try and assert some thinly veiled air of masculinity and entice women into a slanging match.

Boring.

If you want to maintain your masculinity, grow up. Losers.
The trolls caught one then, didn't they?
[quote][p][bold]scoobysnacks[/bold] wrote: Yawn. Stupid, male trolls being ridiculous because they want to try and assert some thinly veiled air of masculinity and entice women into a slanging match. Boring. If you want to maintain your masculinity, grow up. Losers.[/p][/quote]The trolls caught one then, didn't they? For pity sake
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