Forward in Faith seeks a new Director

Posted on the 17th May 2019

In preparation for the retirement of the current Director, the Trustees are looking for an inspirational individual with successful experience in leadership to take up the key position of Director from January 2020.


It is an occupational requirement of this role that the post holder is a communicant member of the Church of England and is either a member of Forward in Faith or willing to join if appointed.


For an informal discussion about the role, please contact the Bishop of Wakefield on 01924 250781.



Further details are available to download at:


Closing date for applications: Monday 10 June at 12 noon.


Report on the Seal of the Confessional

Posted on the 8th May 2019

Forward in Faith welcomes the publication of the Report of the Seal of the Confessional Working Party. We welcome the recommendation that clergy should receive training about the sacramental ministry of reconciliation – something that we have long advocated. We are also grateful for the extensive quotations from our submission


The Church of England affirms that the seal of the confessional is ‘an essential principle of Church doctrine’ (Act of Convocation, 1959). We welcome the fact that, having carefully considered the evidence set out in this report, ‘a clear majority [of the Working Party] concluded that the weight of evidence falls in favour of the seal being maintained’.


Now that the report has been published, we renew our call on the House of Bishops to re-affirm the Seal of the Confessional as an essential principle of the doctrine of the Universal Church, as received by the Church of England.



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