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Shared Conversations on Human Sexuality

Over the next few months please pray for all involved in the shared conversations on human sexuality, which are taking place in regional meetings.  The website www.sharedconversations.org contains information about the dates for each regional meeting, the process involved, how participants have been invited, and the resources they will be using. Similar facilitated discussions at General Synod over the consecration of women as bishops considerably changed the atmosphere of debate on that issue. We support such an opportunity to enable people of very different views to speak honestly and listen well Read more …

Li Tim-Oi Foundation 21st Anniversary Celebration

At Southwark Cathedral on Saturday, 2nd May, we celebrated the Li Tim-Oi Foundation, that has so far funded 400 women to be educated for Christian work in their own country. We were reminded by Bishop Libby that being named can be a significant and profound experience, and of the long line of named women in the Bible who contributed to the flourishing of faith in their time. Florence Li Tim-Oi was the first female Anglican priest, ordained in 1944 by the Bishop of Hong Kong to minister beyond enemy lines Read more …

Statement on the appointment of Rev’d Prebendary Roderick Thomas as ‘headship’ Bishop of Maidstone.

The appointment of Rod Thomas as Bishop of Maidstone, a specifically ‘headship’ bishop, continues to raise the question regarding ‘mutual flourishing’. WATCH continues to monitor what this elusive phrase means in reality. We are pleased to read that Rod Thomas sees the role as one for the whole Church of England, and not simply his constituency. We are, however, disappointed that the model chosen here so closely echoes the arrangements in the Act of Synod which proved so divisive in practice.We pray that the new bishop will be able to Read more …