A prayer for Advent:
God help us to slow down;
to move calmly;
to look kindly
to find space;
so that there is room
for you and for others in our lives
Alan Paton (adapted)
Photograph of candle at St Laurence Ludlow
From the National Coordinator
Out and About in November
Over 1000 miles on the road in November (and into early December) has taken me to lots of really different places. It is always a huge privilege to be able to visit churches to preach, speak to a PCC or to be part of a conference or an event.
Where have I been?
My journeys have taken me to London for meetings and conferences – including General Synod, a Dementia Conference in Holloway (see below) and a Beyond Inclusion event in Finchley. To Ludlow for a Diocesan Inclusive Group Meeting (more about this in a later newsletter), to Murston in Kent for the launch of the Poverty book (photo below), to a PCC in Stamford (Diocese of Lincoln) and to Mansfield for the launch of Sexuality book.
I always come away from these events encouraged at the energy and enthusiasm people have for creating a church that is welcoming and inclusive. I look forward to more visits in 2015. If you want me to come to you – get in touch!
To get in touch with Bob Callaghan, the National Coordinator drop an email email@example.com or call on 07935 374877
|Alleluia! “Women Bishops” legislation finalized at General Synod in November
The finish line for the WiE legislation was crossed this month when General Synod agreed to promulge and action the Canon enabling women to be bishops in the Church of England.
Inclusive Church and WATCH share the joy of the church and the nation that after a long time of watching, waiting and campaigning, there will now be ACTION. We look forward to hearing about and supporting those who will be nominated for upcoming vacancies. There is a deep and rich pool from which to draw.
Although the legislation has passed a finish line, we will continue to seek gender justice in the Church of England, that it may be a place of flourishing for women and men.
Hilary Cotton, Chair of WATCH said, “Today signals a profound shift in the Church of England, and for Anglicans around the world. Women and men will at last be able to use their gifts fully in the leadership of the Church. WATCH looks forward to bringing gender justice to fruition in the Church of England. From now, we are just getting started”.
These are extracts from the Advent newsletter of ‘Inclusive Church’, an organisation in the U.K. that promotes the inclusion of the LGBT community in the Church of England.
It is good to hear of activity taking place that welcomes the historically marginalised into full fellowship with other people in the Church. Also, there is mention of affinity with the formerly unsung majority, the Women of the Church, whose constituency has now gained recognition as being qualified to be ordained as bishops, in common with those of the male of the species in the Church of England. Deo gratias!
Father Ron Smith, Christchurch, New Zealand
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