Yes' to women bishops General-Synod-2014

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undefinedThe General Synod has now given its final approval for women to become bishops in the Church of England. The vote on the measure was carried by the required two-thirds majority in the three constituent Houses of Bishops, Clergy and Laity.

The voting results were as follows:
House of Bishops: yes 37; no 2; abstentions 1
House of Clergy: yes 162; no 25; abstentions 4
House of Laity: yes 152; no 45; abstentions 5

This means the first woman bishop could potentially be appointed by the end of the year.

The overall approval of the measure had been anticipated – following votes by all the dioceses in England in favour of the new proposals for women bishops.

Writing for Chester Diocesan News, before the results of the General Synod voting were known, Bishop Peter said: “We must all pray with confidence that the introduction of women bishops into the Church of England in 2015 will prove to be a great blessing to the Church as a whole.”

And the Revd Alison Cox, who is the sole female clergy representative for our diocese on General Synod, said: “I am delighted that the vote to allow women to become bishops has been passed. The timing of the voting going through, and the tone of the debate in the chamber, convinced me that now it was right; in November 2012, it would not have been for the whole Church."

Alison, who is Priest in Charge of St Mark’s, Dukinfield, and Rural Dean of Mottram, added: "Many people, including those who have opposed this decision of the Church Of England, have accepted that the Measure should pass and believe that we will be able to work out the living of this reality together.

"I personally have learnt a lot from this process of how to handle difference and yet remain together. I feel very proud to have been a part of history and grateful for the willingness of those  who struggle with this development to nevertheless support it for the greater good of the Church and our common witness to Jesus Christ. We have been truly blessed.”

Pictured above ... General Synod 2014 in session at York

Below ... the Revd Alison Cox