*** DEBUG START ***
*** DEBUG END ***

Women-bishops summit next week

31 January 2013

Bishop Nigel Stock, who chairs the working group on women in the episcopate

Bishop Nigel Stock, who chairs the working group on women in the episcopate

THE next stages in the path towards fresh women-bishops legislation have been outlined to members of General Synod.

"Intensive" facilitated discussions are to be held on Tuesday and Wednesday next week by the working group on wome bishops. The group has invited an additional 15 people to participate. Their names will not be released until the conclusion of the discussions.

The news came in a statement sent to all Synod members today by the Bishop of St Edmundsbury & Ipswich, the Rt Revd Nigel Stock (above), who chairs of the working group. He writes that the decision to invite the additional 15 was made at the group's first meeting on 3 January. The group had "sought nominations for some of these places from interested groups, and issued some invitations to named individuals." The group had met again yesterday.

On Wednesday evening, at the conclusion of discussions, the working group will meet the Archbishops and other members of the House of Bishops Standing Committee in preparation for a special meeting of the House of Bishops the following day.

Bishop Stock said that it was his "expectation" that the House would then issue a statement to give the working group "a fresh mandate for its next phase of work", and that, "shortly thereafter", a consultation document would be circulated "enabling all Synod members to make a contribution". Responses would be sought by the end of February.

The working group was established on 11 December by the House of Bishops to advise it on the preparation of fresh legislative proposals for women-bishops, to be brought before the Synod in July ( News, 21 December). It is comprised of ten people drawn from all three Houses of Synod. Two of its members - the Bishop of Chichester, Dr Martin Warner, and the Chair of the House of Laity, Dr Philip Giddings - voted against the legislation at the Synod last month ( News, 23 November).

Browse Church and Charity jobs on the Church Times jobsite

Forthcoming Events

 

Church Times Month

March 2024

For the whole of March, Church Times is offering completely FREE online access, so you can share stories without a paywall.

We are also asking our readers to spread the news of the Church Times among their friends, acquaintances, and fellow churchgoers (and non-churchgoers).

Find out more

 

Keeping faith in Journalism: a Church Times Webinar

11 March 2024 | 6pm GMT

An expert panel discusses trust between the media and the public

Online Tickets available

 

Church Times/RSCM:

Festival of Faith and Music

26 - 28 April 2024

See the full programme on the festival website. 

Early bird tickets available

 

Green Church Awards

Closing date: 30 June 2024

Read more details about the awards

 

Welcome to the Church Times

 

You are able to read this for FREE as part of Church Times Promotional Month, where for the whole of March, we are offering unlimited web access to the newspaper.

From next month to explore the Church Times website fully, you will need to sign in or subscribe.

Non-subscribers will return to only being able to read four articles for free each month.