Tag Archives: women Bishops

Handbags and gladrags *

Wandering across the campus at what felt like the crack of dawn for a 7.30 a.m. communion service, I barely thought about Saturday’s business. There’s no doubt that the imminent transmogrification of Synod into a very large Shared Conversation is … Continue reading

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Her Majesty’s a very nice girl *

Absolutely no disrespect intended, but it is remarkable to see how the presence of the Queen transforms the mood. At Westminster Abbey this morning there was a lot of waiting about before the inaugural Synod service began, but once the … Continue reading

Posted in 2015: Nov - London, General Synod | Tagged , , , , | 3 Comments

It’s not unusual *

At the end of September I was present in Wren’s spectacular St Paul’s Cathedral for the consecration of two female and one male Bishops. The old Prayer Book calls it The Form of Ordaining or Consecrating a Bishop, but Thomas … Continue reading

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I saw her standing there *

A year ago I posted about what I thought might be one of the last ‘all-bloke affair’ consecrations of Bishops. Well, yesterday I was present in a formal, up-close-and-personal way at the Province of Canterbury’s first consecration of not one, … Continue reading

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Homeward bound *

It’s been a compact two-day Synod. Yesterday the atmosphere was strangely heavy – the weight of concluding the women bishops process (from now on, can we Do The Right Thing and just call them ‘Bishops’? Probably not just yet) was … Continue reading

Posted in 2014: Nov - London, General Synod | Tagged , , | 1 Comment

Things we said today *

It was a moment to savour. Something to remember. And after (in my case) nine years of Synod membership during which it has been the main pre-occupation of many, the King’s Great Matter is resolved. (Regular readers: I hereby promise … Continue reading

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I’m on the pavement, thinking about the Government *

So, the King’s Great Matter has come before the Lords and Commons assembled! We can’t help it, but there are certain points at which the Church of England’s ‘Established’ role means we get mixed up with Parliament, the Queen, and … Continue reading

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A man needs a maid..? *

I’ve just attended the consecration of not one, not two, but three new bishops. All suffragans – two for Chelmsford and one for Lincoln. If you’ve ever been to a consecration you’ll know that at the point in the service … Continue reading

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The times they are a-changing *

To make any sense of a debate that started at 11.15 and finished at 4.40 is practically impossible, but now I’ll try to sum up how today has been. (I’ve reworked material from  today’s blow-by-blow account.) Historic? Yes Emotional? That … Continue reading

Posted in 2014: July - York, General Synod | Tagged , , , | 1 Comment

Extra! Extra! Read all about it *

4.30 p.m. RESULTS Carried in all three houses!!! Laity:  For:152:    Against: 45  Abs: 5 Clergy for:162 Against: 25  Abst: 4 Bishops. For: 37 Against: 2 .  Abs: 1 This post covers the debate in chunks. You’ll need to scroll down and … Continue reading

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