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New targets, but a lack of compassion, in Wales

22 October 2008


From Dr Gill Todd
Sir, — The headline on your recent coverage on the Church in Wales Governing Body meeting (“Govern­ing Body votes to introduce women quota”, (News, 26 September) was in­correct and misleading.

Members were debating a report on the role of women in the Church in Wales. This report recommended, among its many recommendations, that as a result of focusing on the contribution that women can make within the Church, targets should be set for diocesan and provincial committees which reflect appro­priately the role women take at parish level in the Church.

The targets recommended were that committees should aim for a lay representation of 30 per cent women by 2011, and 50 per cent by 2013, and that the Governing Body should aim for 50 per cent women in the House of Laity by 2013 and 30 per cent in the House of Clergy.

The working group made it clear during the debate that these figures are targets, not quotas, which should be achieved through re-examination of appointment pro­cedures and greater awareness of equal oppor­tunities within the Church. This provides an exciting opportunity for the Church in Wales as it moves forward to im­plement the recom­mendations of the report.

Chair, Standing Committee Working Group, Representation of Women in the Church in Wales,
39 Cathedral Road
Cardiff CF119XF

From Mr John Desmond

Sir, — I am unfamiliar with the decision-making practices of the Governing Body of the Church in Wales. But, as highlighted by Canon Jeremy Winston (Letters, 10 October), its recourse to contem­porary Anglican ecclesiology to justify ceasing its provision for a Provincial Assistant Bishop worries me. Surely, the care that tradition­alists need should be based upon something more substantial than that which is merely con­temporary. Compassion, perhaps?

I do not write as a traditionalist.

470 Caerleon Road
Newport NP19 7LW

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