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 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.