Forward in Faith was formed in November 1992 after the General Synod of the Church of England took the decision to ordain women to the priesthood. While its origins were within the Church of England, Forward in Faith also has members in Scotland and a sister-organization in Wales.
In Scotland Forward in Faith has gained support. In 1997 the Scottish traditionalist group, Affirming Apostolic Order, which was formed after the General Synod of the Scottish Episcopal Church voted to ordain women to the Priesthood, decided that the way forward for traditionalists in Scotland was through Forward in Faith. Affirming Apostolic Order was dissolved and its members were embraced by Forward in Faith - Scotland.
In the Scottish Episcopal Church there is no equivalent of the English House of Bishops' Declaration to protect those unable to accept the ordination of women to the priesthood and episcopate, although the General Synod, on the motion of the Primus, pledged that those who could not in conscience agree with the decision ... "would continue for all time to come to have a valued and respected place within the Scottish Episcopal Church".
Forward in Faith is not simply "against" the ordination of women to the priesthood and episcopate. Forward in Faith stands for traditional values in contrast to those within our church who appear to be abandoning the very roots of our faith.
Forward in Faith is represented in many parishes. It promotes and encourages the orthodox practices and doctrines of the universal Christian Church, which are the basis of our Faith. Its efforts are particularly relevant to many contemporary challenges - to the Resurrection and Divinity of Christ - which are being posed from both outside and inside the church.
Forward in Faith is committed to supporting traditional Anglicans who find themselves in conscience unable to accept the ordination of women to the priesthood and episcopate, enabling them to live with honour within the Churches of their baptism.
Forward in Faith - Scotland is a branch of Forward in Faith. It is governed by a Committee chaired by the Acting Dean for Scotland, who is appointed by the FiF Council. Forward in Faith - Scotland is represented on the FiF Council by the Acting Dean and the Secretary of the Branch. A written report on Forward in Faith - Scotland is presented to each Council meeting. We also have representatives at the National Assembly and an AGM is held each Spring.
Members of Forward in Faith - Scotland also receive a free copy each month of our monthly journal, New Directions. Since its launch in 1995 this acclaimed publication has become required reading each month for all those who find themselves placed in authority in the Churches of the Anglican Communion in England, Scotland and Wales. It is by means of New Directions that we are able continually to place before the bishops our views and concerns.
Forward in Faith has a vision for all those who seek to hold firm the traditional values of the Church handed on through the Apostles by Our Lord himself.
Forward in Faith is committed to supporting traditional Anglicans, who find themselves in conscience unable to accept the ordination of women to the priesthood and episcopate, enabling them to live with honour within the Churches of their baptism. If you wish to share our vision, then join us today and become one of the thousands in these islands who are going Forward in Faith.