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We are delighted to be able to announce that the keynote speaker for our 2012 Chalice Conference on 15 May is going to be the Rev’d Canon Sue Booys.

Sue Booys

The Rev'd Canon Sue Booys

Sue is Team Rector of Dorchester Abbey, a member of the General Synod, and on the Business Committee of Synod as well, and she will be speaking on the title ‘Where Are Women Going?’

Sue is a stimulating speaker, and brings wide experience from another diocese as well as from senior levels of General Synod. As the vote in July on Women Bishops comes near, she will be able to help us consider possible futures for women throughout the church.
We are grateful to Alastair Cutting, Vicar of Henfield, for his church’s hospitality, and look forward to another interesting and helpful day. As last year, there will be discussion groups, worship and lunch (donations invited or bring your own) – otherwise, the Conference is free.

The Conference leaflet is available here:

Chalice Group - day conference 2012 flyer

Chalice Group - day conference 2012 flyer

To register for the conference, please either use the postal form (on the second page of the leaflet), or send the same details (name, address, email, phone no; lay/deacon/priest/bishop/diocesan synod member) to me by email on  Rachel.moriarty@waitrose.com.

Maps to the venue are on the Henfield Parish web site.

We look forward to seeing as many as possible on May 15th.

Rachel Moriarty

01243 789985.


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Chalice Group Conference at Henfield

Over fifty people attended the Conference, which was very well-received: those attending in general found it useful and encouraging, and hoped it could be repeated in future.

The day began with worship, arranged by a group of musicians who used music, songs and prayers to introduce a day of reflection and discussion.

The Keynote Speaker was the Rev’d Alyson Lamb, vicar of St John’s Meads, Eastbourne; in an address which combined interesting narrative, serious reflection, encouragement and humour, she told the story of her own practical and spiritual journey to priesthood and left her audience with much to inspire and to think about.


The Rev'd Alyson Lamb's keynote address

After a short time to share experiences, the conference members made a presentation to Bishop David Wilcox on his retirement, to thank him for many years of support for the women priests in the diocese, many of whom he had ordained; and we welcomed Bishop Laurie Green, his successor as Assistant Bishop looking after women clergy, whose contribution to the later discussion was greatly appreciated.

The rest of the day was spent in discussion groups based on people’s interests, on Women Priests in the Diocese, the Vacancy-in-See issues to be considered on Bishops John and Wallace’s retirements, Senior appointments in the Diocese and preparations for the Diocesan Synod Vote on the Women Bishops legislation on October 8th, some group meeting twice and others once, to accommodate numbers (see notes below).

The Eucharist was celebrated by Ann McNeil, who is a retired priest in Henfield parish, and o of the first women ordained as priest in the diocese in 1994. People joined in a sandwich lunch and a chance to talk and meet one another.

Groups continued in the afternoon, ending with a joint session on ‘The Way Forward?’, and the conference ended with a blessing at 3 o’clock.

Our thanks go to Alastair Cutting and Christina Bennett at Henfield Parish Church, to Alyson Lamb for an inspiring talk, to Stephen and Liz France for providing the lunch (for a small donation!) and to our musicians Lisa Barnett, Natalie Loveless and Jo Bourse.

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Below is a summary of the points made in the group sessions.

GROUP DISCUSSIONS – Summaries of points recorded:

Group 1: Women Priests in the Diocese

Women priests are not seen as equal to men or treated in the same way, in particular in terms of (more…)

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The Chichester Chalice Group is hosting a Day Conference on Tuesday 7 June 2011 at St Peter’s, Henfield, BN5 9NY (map).

Chalice Group - day conference

Chalice Group - day conference - click to download programme


The Day Conference has Alyson Lamb, Vicar of St. John’s, Meads, Eastbourne, giving a Keynote Address.

Alyson Lamb

The Rev'd Alyson Lamb


The Programme for the day is:

  • 10.00 – Arrivals and Coffee
  • 10.15 – Gathering Worship & Introductions
  • 10.30 – Keynote speaker – The Rev’d Alyson Lamb
  • 11.00 – Listening to people’s experiences
  • 11.30 – Groups – Session 1 (see below)
  • 12.15 – Eucharist – The Rev’d Ann McNeil (one of Chichester’s original 1994 women priests)
  • 12.45 – Lunch – Sandwiches provided for a donation – please book by email
  • 13.30 – Groups – Session 2 (see below)
  • 14.15 – A Way Forward? – Plenary
  • 15.00 – Blessing


Group Discussion Sessions:

  1. Women priests in the diocese and what changes are needed?
  2. Preparation for the Vacancy in See (& Suffragan Bishop)
  3. Senior appointments within the diocese, and the appointment to major churches
  4. Women Bishops – preparing for the Diocesan Synod 8th October

Please either download the programme and return the form to Rachel Moriarty, or email Rachel with your booking, mentioning whether you would like sandwich lunch, and which order of preference you would like for the Group sessions.


This event has been co-ordinated by the Chichester Chalice Group.



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