Reform stays in C of E

02 November 2006

THE conservative Evangelical group Reform is to continue to stand its grounwithin Church of England structures for the time being, but is to set up itown panel of reference for clerics with grievances and for potential ordinandsThe details were agreed at this week's annual Reform conference in Swanwic
Speaking on Wednesday from the conference, the Revd Rod Thomas, thchairman-elect of Reform, said that the panel would be made up of fivwell-known Evangelical incumbents. It would seek to encourage new ordinandsand to act as a listening body for those already ordaine
"For example, if things were going awry in the parish, and maybe clergfelt they were being unfairly treated because of their views on the ordinatioof women or human sexuality, we would listen, offer advice, and provide aindependent report." But he said that the new process would work alongsidexisting structures. "It will be a purely advisory body
About 170 delegates attended the conference, which also approved a motiothat "regretted" that the House of Bishops had not done enough to safeguard thposition of those who could not accept women bishops. The conference sengreetings to the traditionalist Catholic group Forward in Faith, pledginitself to work with FiF where there was common groun
Delegates heard from the Revd David Holloway, Vicar of Jesmond, whencouraged people to "work hard within the C of E", though he described thChurch as a dysfunctional body with no agreed agenda, competent leadership, oenabling structure
The former Primate of South-East Asia, the Rt Revd Yong Ping Chung, spokabout what he believed were the huge strains in the Anglican Communio
Mr Thomas said that the 2006 conference had been more reflective thausual. "We feel that we support what the C of E stands for, but thinstitutions are in meltdown. A recreation is needed

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