From the National Coordinator
A great year – reflecting on 2014 for Inclusive Church.
“It’s been a great year – and all encouragement for 2015”
The words written in a card to Inclusive Church this Christmas. As I look back over 2014 it has indeed been a great year. With the usual rounds of visits to churches, deaneries and dioceses; our presence at General Synod and Greenbelt; conferences and special events; the Inclusive Church Annual Lecture with Linda Woodhead; the launch of Radical Welcome and of course the publication of the first 4 books in the Inclusive Church resource book series in partnership with Darton Longman & Todd. All of that as well as a growing number of churches and individuals signing up with us – and keeping up with us on Facebook and Twitter. Yes – quite a year.
Huge thanks should be expressed to our trustees who hold responsibility for managing the focus and direction of Inclusive Church. They give their time voluntarily and it is much appreciated.
Thanks also to those churches and individuals who support the work of Inclusive Church financially. Without them – we simply wouldn’t be here!
Maybe you would like to support Inclusive Church in celebration of an inclusive God who comes to us at Christmas, and to to ensure that 2015 is an amazing year for Inclusive Church!
With best wishes for a holy and blessed Christmas.
To get in touch with Bob Callaghan, the National Coordinator drop an email at firstname.lastname@example.org or call on 07935 374877
Alleluia! An excellent Christmas gift for the Church!
WATCH is thrilled at the appointment of the first ever female bishop in the Church of
England. At last, alleluia!
Libby Lane is a great choice and the people of Chester Dioceses are fortunate indeed.
She will bring great expertise to her new role, and has championed the ministry of
ordained women locally and nationally.
The Church of England has shown a remarkable turn of speed in getting to this point only
two years after the negative vote in November 2012. We hope that the pace of change
will continue, enabling the Church of England to become a place where all women are
fully valued as people of God, and where all their different roles and ministries are
We look forward with joyful expectation to many more appointments like this, until 50% of the House is female. The Church will gain enormously from the cultural change that this
will bring about in its life and ways of working.
Hilary Cotton, Chair of WATCH, said “This is a great day of rejoicing and a momentous
day of change. I have worked with Libby on the Transformations Steering Group, where
she has been an active advocate for our work addressing the need for cultural change in
the Church in terms of gender. As ‘the first’, she will have expectations heaped upon her
from all directions. But there will also be an immense wave of goodwill towards her, from
within and well beyond the Church of England. ”
As an advocate of ‘Inclusive Church’, an Anglican Organisation that looks forward to the full inclusion of everyone – regardless of race, class, tribe social standing, gender or sexual orientation – into the life and ministry of our member Churches of the world-wide Anglican Communion, I am pleased to feature this annual newsletter affirming the positive way forward for the marginalised and undervalued in the Church.
Entrenched misogyny and homophobia are not yet entirely banished from the institution, but headway has been made during the past year – a year in which society has recognised the need for same-sex marriage (not yet affirmed by the Church but the prospect of same-sex blessings for couples in monogamous,faithful, relationships has become a possibility), while a woman has actually been elected as a Suffragan Bishop in the Church of England – a cause of some rejoicing around those parts of the Communion (like ACANZP) that have already accepted women as Diocesan Bishops.
There are many in our Churches who have cause to be very thankful for the ongoing work that has been undertaken by the U.K. leadership of ‘Inclusive Church’ – for their dogged and courageous efforts to bring the Church up to date with the need for justice for its own membership, as well as for society at large. Deo gratias!
Greetings to all my readers of this blog – at the time when we give grateful thanks for the salvation and redemption of Jesus, who undertook to share our common humanity not only as a man, but as a representatively human being, inclusive of all who bear the divine Image and Likeness. “The angel of the Lord brought tidings to Mary, and she conceived by the Holy Spirit. Hail Mary full of grace, the Lord is with you. blessed are you among wqomen and blessed is the fruit of your womb, Jesus”.
Father Ron Smith, Christchurch, New Zealand