NOTICE IS GIVEN OF A SPECIAL MEETING OF THE PCC OF ALL SAINTS, FOSDYKE TO BE HELD IN CHURCH ON SUNDAY 11TH AUGUST AT 4-30PM TO RE-VIST AND VOTE ON THE RESOLUTIONS OF THE HOUSE OF BISHOPS REGARDING THE ORDINATION OF WOMEN.
Parishes that receive episcopal ministry from a bishop of The Society are invited to affiliate to The Society. The provisions in the House of Bishops’ Declaration replace those that were previously contained in the Priests (Ordination of Women) Measure 1993 and the Episcopal Ministry Act of Synod 1993 (for a comparison, see overleaf). For two years from 17 November 2014 (when the Declaration came into force) Resolutions A and B under the Measure and Petitions under the Act of Synod (‘Resolution C’) will be treated as if they were resolutions passed under Declaration. This means that existing resolutions do not need to be replaced by a new resolution immediately. We recommend that there should first be a period of teaching and discussion, so that the PCC is well prepared to take a decision, and that the resolution itself should be considered later in 2015. The ordination of women as bishops means that PCCs that in the past have not felt it necessary to consider a resolution (for example, because their priest was committed only to inviting male priests to minister in the parish) will now need to do so. We hope that this booklet and the supporting materials will be helpful to such parishes, as well as to those that already have resolutions in force. In the Declaration, the House of Bishops has invited us to flourish within the Church of England’s life and structures. Parishes should pass a resolution under the Declaration not as a means of distancing themselves from the rest of the Church of England, but as a response to the invitation to flourish within it.