19 December 2012
The Archbishops of Canterbury and York have announced the
membership of the new working group established by the House of
Bishops following the defeat of the women bishops' legislation.
The group includes members of all three houses of the General
Synod - Bishops, Clergy and Laity - and a senior member of clergy
who is no longer on the Synod. The members are:
The Rt Rev Nigel Stock, Bishop of St Edmundsbury and Ipswich
The Rt Rev Dr Christopher Cocksworth, Bishop of Coventry
The Rt Rev James Langstaff, Bishop of Rochester
The Rt Rev Dr Martin Warner, Bishop of Chichester
The Very Rev Vivienne Faull, Dean of York
The Ven Christine Hardman,
The Rev Dr Rosemarie Mallett
Dr Philip Giddings
Dr Paula Gooder
Mrs Margaret Swinson
The group's task (see PR 160.12
) is to assist the House when it meets in February and again in May
to come to a decision on the new package of proposals which it
intends to bring to the Synod in July. The group has been tasked to
arrange facilitated discussions in February with a wide range of
people of a variety of views. It is expected to have two initial
meetings in January.
Once draft legislation is ready for introduction to the Synod
there will be a separate decision, in the usual way, about the
membership of a new Steering Committee. That Committee will have
the responsibility for the management of the legislation through
Synod. Steering Committees are always composed of members of Synod
who support the legislation.
The membership of the Revision Committee is settled after first
consideration of the legislation.