The Christian message is at heart about reconciliation. But the church which is supposed to proclaim and live that message has often failed to do so in its own life and example, sometimes spectacularly.
Over a thousand clergy of the Church of England signed an open letter to The Independent newspaper on Sunday 18 November 2012, urging the General Synod to vote in favour of women bishops in the debate and ballot today (20 November).
'YES 2 women bishops' (http://yes2womenbishops.blogspot.co.uk) is a website promoting a 'yes' vote in favour of women bishops in the November 2012 meeting of the General Synod of the Church of England, which takes place in ten days time.
The Church of England has still not positively resolved the issue of women bishops, notes Savi Hensman. Both deeper listening and clearer leadership are needed in affirming a vision of an inclusive, mission-oriented church open to the promptings of the Holy Spirit.