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The day they said ‘yes’

Twenty years ago this month, the General Synod voted in favour of the ordination of women. Margaret Duggan covered the debate for the Church Times, and reflects on what happened

JUST a single gasp broke the silence in the emotion-filled Assembly Hall, as the results of the final votes to ordain women as priests were read out: House of Bishops: 39 to 13; House of Clergy: 176 to 74; House of Laity: 169 to 82. Quick mental arithmetic ascertained that, while there were clear two-thirds majorities in the Houses of Bishops and Clergy, the vote had succeeded in the Laity by a narrow two votes.

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Tales from the church bread line

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Kieran Dodds photographed and listened to three foodbank users  Read More

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Faith and climate reach outwards

Religion and approaches to the earth are not just inner concerns, argues Andrew Davison  Read More

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