Wednesday, 16 March 2011

On a positive note

The Diocese of Birmingham voted on Saturday in favour of women in the episcopate of the Church of England. This was the first Diocesan vote on the law that will allow women to become bishops in the Church of England, and it was carried by 75 to 4 in favour of the legislation with its accompanying provisions for those who will not accept women as bishops. To make that endorsement even more clear, two motions that asked for even more provisions for those opposed were defeated, with only a small minority of people voting for them.

Other excellent news is the first diocesan vote on the Anglican Covenant also rejected the proposal.  Both clergy and laity (the latter overwhelmingly) rejected the Covenant at the Wakefield Diocesan Synod meeting on Saturday 12th March.

It is early days, but there it is nice to have some good news on the inclusion front, let's hope it continues!


  1. I'm in Wales, where the legislation to allow women bishops failed last year :-( so I'm very pleased to see that a little progress is being made across Offa's Dyke.

  2. 75 to 4 is a very striking majority in the Birmingham Diocesan Synod vote. I think this is good news, but it must be disappointing for those who opposed. It's never easy to be a minority.

  3. No, I can't say that it is, Nancy.