general synod

  • 27 Nov 2012

    The Church of England’s attempts to placate a small minority strongly opposed to women’s ordination have plunged it into crisis, without satisfying these opponents, says Savi Hensman. What is the way forward now? Deep theological and practical questions need to be addressed, and the answers explained in ways that those who are not professional theologians can understand.

  • 23 Nov 2012

    Becoming a bishop is definitely not on my bucket list, writes the Rev Dr Jane Tillier. But she had hoped soon to see some of her gifted and experienced women colleagues take their place alongside the men in the currently all-male House of Bishops. We need to see men and women working together, she argues. Male and female made in the image of God and serving the loving, revolutionary, redemptive purposes of Jesus Christ in whom, the Bible tells us, “there is neither male nor female”.

  • 23 Nov 2012

    Judging from the volumes of media coverage and online comment the goings on at this week's General Synod have generated, popular nerves have definitely been touched. But of what kind and to what effect? Simon Barrow explores the case for establishing the independence of church and state, in this article looking at the issue primarily in terms of societal pluralism, but noting the theological concerns which are actually central to the case Ekklesia wishes to make for disestablishment.

  • 21 Nov 2012

    As news came through of the Church of England's rejection of women bishops, Symon Hill was reminded of a small clique of sexist Christians who he knew at university. Supporters of equality have tried to reach accommodation with opponents, but their efforts have been aggressively rejected. We must stop appeasing prejudice and stand up for equality, he says.

  • 21 Nov 2012

    An overwhelming vote of the Church of England's General Synod has today backed a Living Wage for its own workers and for all others.

  • 21 Nov 2012

    The Church of England needs a reality check about the way it is perceived and the way it operates, the Archbishop of Canterbury has declared.

  • 21 Nov 2012

    General Synod’s rejection of a motion allowing women to be bishops has badly damaged the Church of England’s credibility. It's time for some wider reflection and self-examination.

  • 21 Nov 2012

    Pressure is growing on the Church of England's leaders to act positively after yesterday's painfully narrow vote failing to approve women bishops.

  • 21 Nov 2012
  • 21 Nov 2012

    The General Synod of the Church of England has narrowly failed to pass draft legislation which would have allowed women to become bishops.