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General Synod Elections: Call for Prayer
Posted on the 17th Sep 2015
Voting in the General Synod elections opens today in some dioceses and tomorrow in others, and will continue until Friday 9 October.
The fourth of the five Guiding Principles in the House of Bishops’ Declaration expresses the Church of England’s commitment to enabling Anglicans who are committed to the traditional catholic understanding of the threefold ministry to ‘flourish within its life and structures’. In co-operation with the Catholic Group in General Synod, Forward in Faith has responded to this invitation to flourish within the Church of England’s structures by encouraging catholic Anglicans in each diocese to identify candidates to stand in the elections.
Members of the Catholic Group will be committed to the catholic faith as the Church of England received it, and to proclaiming it afresh in this generation. They will uphold catholic order and the catholic doctrine of the sacraments. They will be committed to the visible unity of Christ’s Church, to listening to the voice of the wider Church throughout the world and across the ages, and to bringing that voice to bear in the General Synod’s debates. Integral to our catholicity is the call to look with the eyes of Christ beyond the confines of the worshipping congregation, engaging in mission and pastoral outreach to the whole community of the parish, and being concerned with important issues affecting the nation and the world, particularly the poor and downtrodden.
The Catholic Group has a strong record of participating in the General Synod’s debates, and making important contributions to the Church of England’s national work, in all of these areas. Our aim is to secure the election of worthy successors in larger numbers, with a view to even stronger participation in the next five years.
During this voting period, please pray for all candidates standing for election to the General Synod and for all electors. A prayer leaflet is available – as a coloured leaflet and in a form suitable for printing at home – from this page.
All Saints, Cheltenham: Report of the Independent Reviewer
Posted on the 10th Aug 2015
Forward in Faith is grateful for Sir Philip Mawer’s report (available here).
Forward in Faith submitted this concern in order to establish a principle that is of general relevance to resolution parishes in multi-parish benefices. Sir Philip’s general recommendation (para. 37) that, in multi-parish team benefices that include a resolution parish, licences issued to female assistant clergy (other than members of the Team) should specify the nature and extent of the ministry they are authorized to undertake in the resolution parish establishes the principle that we thought it important to secure.
We trust that implementation of Sir Philip’s specific recommendation (para. 35) that fresh licences be issued in this case will draw a line under the matter. We join Sir Philip in hoping that the arrival of Bishop Rachel Treweek as the new diocesan bishop will provide an opportunity for all concerned to make a fresh start.
Forward in Faith continues to monitor implementation of the House of Bishops’ Declaration in the parishes closely. That we have only felt obliged to raise this one concern with the Independent Reviewer in the first nine months of its operation is encouraging.
+ TONY WAKEFIELD
The Rt Revd Tony Robinson
10 August 2015
A helpful summary of the main point of Sir Philip's report has been published here.
Chrism Masses: Report of the Independent Reviewer
Posted on the 31st Jul 2015
The Independent Reviewer, Sir Philip Mawer, has published his first report, in response to a complaint by WATCH (Women and the Church) against the bishops of The Society for celebrating Chrism Masses. The complaint was not upheld. Sir Philip's report is available here.
The Bishop of Wakefield (Chairman of the Council of Bishops of The Society) has welcomed Sir Philip's report. His statement is published here.
The Five Guiding Principles
Posted on the 21st May 2015
Forward in Faith is committed to the Five Guiding Principles enshrined in the House of Bishops' Declaration on the Ministry of Bishops and Priests. To help make the Principles better known, we have published them as a credit-card-sized pull-out leaflet. More information is available from this page on the Forward in Faith website.
Appointment of the Bishop of Maidstone
Posted on the 5th May 2015
Forward in Faith welcomes the appointment of Prebendary Rod Thomas as Bishop of Maidstone, as a further step in implementing the Five Guiding Principles enshrined in the House of Bishops' Declaration. We assure him of our prayers and good wishes as he prepares for his episcopal ministry.
† TONY WAKEFIELD
The Rt Revd Tony Robinson