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Votes Count - photo from the Chichester Diocesan Flickr stream

As part of preparing for the debate on women bishops legislation, the Bishop of Chichester posed three questions to members of synod. As previously noted, they were:

  1. Are you in favour of ordaining women to the episcopate in the Church of England?
  2. Do you think that provision should be made for those who cannot on theological grounds accept this development?
  3. Do you think that the provisions in the draft Measure are appropriate for this purpose?)

These questions were designed to help synod members consider the views of others, and support them. So, those who may be in favour of women bishops can still indicate support for those who are seeking provision; and conversely those opposed to women in the episcopate, acknowledging there clear majority in the Church of England endorse this, can demonstrate their support in this additional ballot. The following chart doesn’t list all the results of the questions debated, but shows some of the voting pattern.

Chichester results graphically

Chichester results graphically

Though there was almost unanimous support from synod members on all sides for provision for those who cannot accept women bishops, the support for the Church of England to have women bishops from those opposed, was significantly less, at below 60%. And the support for this particular raft of legislation introducing women bishops was even less, and the main motion was lost in each house – by 4% in laity and 5% in clergy. (more…)

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(Updated with photos from the diocesan Flikr stream

Synod members listening to the debate

There was a well attended meeting of the synod with over 30 speeches in the debate on the General Synod Article 8 business, the Women Bishops debate.

Some of these results are available on the Chichester Diocesan website.

Factual details of the meeting are available on this pdf:

Chichester Women Bishops Legislation Debate

The Bishop of Chichester had previously asked parishes and deaneries to vote on three additional questions; and these questions were also put to the Diocesan Synod.

The ‘Chichester Questions’

  1. Are you in favour of ordaining women to the episcopate in the Church of England?
  2. Do you think that provision should be made for those who cannot on theological grounds accept this development?
  3. Do you think that the provisions in the draft Measure are appropriate for this purpose?)

Results were as follows:

 Q’n 

 Laity Y  Laity N  Laity Abs  Clergy Y  Clergy N  Clergy Abs  Bishop Y  Bishop N  Bishop Abs

1

46 30 2 40 29 0 0 3 0

2

73 5 0 64 5 0 3 0 0

3

26 50 2 32 36 1 0 3 0

The main Article 8 Motion debate 

After further debate, the main motion was put:

That this Synod approve the proposals embodied in the draft Bishops and Priests (Consecration and Ordination of Women) Measure and in draft Amending Canon No 30.

Results were as follows:

Q’n Laity Y Laity N Laity Abs Clergy Y Clergy N Clergy Abs Bishop Y Bishop N Bishop Abs
General Synod Motion 37 41 0 30 35 0 0 2 0

The main motion was lost in all three houses. (One bishop had to leave before the ballot.) (more…)

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On Saturday 8 September the Chichester Diocesan Synod is meeting to debate the Article 8 reference from General Synod, on Women in the Episcopate, and whether the current legislation is right way forward.

In preparation for the debate in the diocese a copy of this leaflet was circulated to all members of the Diocesan Synod. It is based on the reports back from the June Chalice meeting in Henfield. (Click to download.)

Chalice Group Leaflet for Synod

Chalice Group Leaflet for Synod

Chalice was not the only group to send a leaflet to all Synod members, as ‘The Catholic Group’ of the diocese also sent Bishop Jonathan Baker’s Women Bishops – The Right Way Forward leaflet to every one. (Though apparently the Catholic Groups does not include either the Society of Catholic Priests, or Affirming Catholicism.)

Please pray for the debate, for those speaking, and listening, and chairing – whatever the results, as it will be a hard day for many in the diocese, which ever way things go.

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