Motion and amendments for the debate on Women in the Episcopate

The motion before synod on Women in the Episcopate to be debated on Monday July 8th.

That this Synod

(a) reaffirm its commitment to admitting women to the episcopate as a matter of urgencywoman bishops

(b) instruct the Appointments Committee to appoint this month a Steering Committee to be in charge of the draft legislation required to that end

(c) instruct the Business Committee to arrange for the First Consideration stage for that draft legislation to be taken at the November 2013 group of sessions, so that the subsequent stages can follow the timetable set out in paragraph 141 of the annex to GS 1886; and

(d) instruct the Steering Committee to prepare the draft legislation on the basis described in paragraphs 79-88 of the annex to GS 1886 as ‘option one’ and invite the House of Bishops to bring to the Synod for consideration at the February 2014 group of sessions a draft Act of Synod for consideration at the February 2014 group of sessions a draft Act of Synod or draft declaration to be made by the House to accompany the draft legislation.

Amendments ( slightly shortened) are as follows:

by Bishop Trevor Wilmott: after option one insert “with the addition of a mandatory grievance procedure for parishes in which diocesan bishops are required to participate.”=

By Paul Benfield “In paragraph (d) leave out all the words after ‘on the basis …. of option one’ and insert ‘that the provision made for those who cannot receive the ministry of female priests or bishops should be made by Measure or regulations made under Canon.’

By Tom Sutcliffe in paragraph (d) leave out ‘option one’ and insert “of co-provincial provision for alternative episcopal oversight to be administered by the two Archbishops jointly through the Archbishops’ Council along lines that continue the system of episcopal visitors currently in existence.”

By Clive Mansell in paragraph (d) insert “option 2″ and add ‘together with provision to prevent legal challenge to patrons, bishops, PCC members and parish representatives acting properly in accordance with their duties in the appointment process for an incumbent or a priest-in-charge.”

By Simon Cawdell in paragraph (d) leave out all the words after to ‘prepare’ and insert ‘draft legislation which enables women to be admitted to the episcopate without reservation and which also enables those unable on theological grounds to accept their ministry to flourish within the Church of England

and (e) invite the House of Bishops to bring to the Synod for consideration at the February 2014 group of sessions a draft Act of Synod or draft legislation to be made by the House to accompany the draft legislation; and

(f) request the Presidents to convene such facilitated groups as may assist the Steering Committee in its task throughout the process.

By Peter Collard: leave out all the words after “the basis described in” and insert “option three” but on the basis that (i) the only amendment made to the 1993 Measure is the removal of the ability of cathedrals to pass Resolutions A and B and (ii) the provision to be made in relation to episcopal ministry is contained in an Act of Synod based on the Episcopal Ministry Act of Synod 1993, and invite the House of Bishops to bring to the Synod for consideration at the February 2014 group of sessions of a draft Act of Synod to accompany the draft legislation.”
by Keith Malcouronne to insert a new paragraph :”urge that the process of facilitated conversations continue to be used at significant points in the formulation and consideration of the draft legislation.”
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