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There is a day conference entitled Women Bishops: Church in all its Fullness being sponsored jointly by Fulcrum and Yes2WomenBishops on Saturday 16 March, 10am-3pm, at Christ Church New Malden.

Women Bishops - Church in all its fullness conference

Women Bishops – Church in all its fullness conference


Contributors include Jody Stowell, Archdeacon Rachel Treweek, and Stephen Kuhrt.

You can book in for the conference via the venue web site, Christ Church New Malden.


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Bishop Martin’s office has given us  11th April, 2pm, at The Palace, Chichester for our meeting that had to be postponed. I realise this is during the school holidays. At this stage, would you let me know whether in principle you would like to come on that date, or whether it would be difficult; I’ll collect names formally later. Alastair leaves Henfield at Easter, but will still (just) be with the diocese until the end of that week.

Best wishes to you all, and I look forward to hearing from you soon – meanwhile, a good end to the Christmas season and a fruitful and holy Lent to follow!


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Meeting Bishop Martin

Wednesday 30th January 2013,  at 2 o’clock at The Palace, Chichester.

Bishop Martin's Enthronement

Bishop Martin’s enthronement, with the Archdeacon of Canterbury

We are delighted that Bishop Martin Warner, Bishop of Chichester, has invited the Chichester Chalice Group network to meet with him.

  •  If you would like to come , please send your name, email address and telephone number, and say whether you are a priest or deacon (or a bishop) or a layperson. It is helpful to us if you give us your postal address too.
  • If you are not on email, send your reply by post to me at 22 Westgate, Chichester PO19 3EU, or ring 01243 789985.
  • Everyone is welcome, whether or not you are on the Chalice list at present.

We do hope to have a good number for this meeting, and apologies if you can’t manage the date.

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In the light of the news about Women Bishops, and developments likely to follow in the New Year, this is a very good opportunity for us to explain our situation and individual views to Bishop Martin, to help him to understand the feeling in the diocese. Chalice is for lay people as well as clergy, and it is very important that lay people make our voices heard too, especially since the vote was lost in the House of Laity (for the detailed voting figures, see analysis on Thinking Anglicans.)

Bishop Martin is our representative in the House of Bishops, and needs to have this information in order to pass it on to his colleagues there. The House of Bishops has recently met and issued a new statement on their position.

He is very ready to receive and respond to letters and views, but a general meeting like this where opinions are shared firmly and openly, in a friendly and honest way, is probably the most effective means of letting him know where we stand. We are grateful to him for the invitation and look forward to an interesting exchange of views.

Our best wishes for a blessed and peaceful Christmas, from Alastair and me


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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:


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


46 30 2 40 29 0 0 3 0


73 5 0 64 5 0 3 0 0


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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After 10 years in post, Bishop John Hind will be retiring as Bishop of Chichester in April 2012, shortly before his 67 birthday, as announced in the diocese here. We wish Bishop John, and Janet, every blessing in their retirement.

Bishop John Hind

Bishop John Hind

Appointing the new bishop is known as ‘filling the Vacancy in See’ (that is the diocese). Each diocese has a Vacancy in See (ViS) committee that is only called in to service in the event of a bishop retiring or leaving. It is ViS committee statutorily has a number of members by virtue of their office: the remaining senior staff of the diocese (other suffragan/area bishops, archdeacons, the dean); the members of the General Synod elected by the diocese (as they have an electoral mandate already within the diocese); the chairs of the house of laity & clergy of the diocesan synod; and the 4 members elected by the diocese directly to the committee.

The membership of the Chichester Diocesan Vacancy in See Committee can be seen here. (Stephen France and Alastair Cutting of the Chalice Group are both members of the ViS by virtue of being elected to General Synod.)

The process of what happens in a vacancy is outlined here on the Church of England website. The Vacancy in See Committee has a number of key roles, (more…)

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