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Women in the episcopate draft legislation: Revision Committee announced


At its February group of sessions, the General Synod agreed that draft legislation which would enable women to be consecrated as bishops in the Church of England should be passed to a Revision Committee for detailed scrutiny. This draft legislation and related papers were published in December 2008.

The Revision Committee will comprise (ex officio) the members of the Steering Committee appointed from the Synod by the Appointments Committee of the Church of England in November 2008 to be in charge of the draft legislation throughout its Synodical stages, together with additional members newly appointed to constitute the majority of the membership of the Revision Committee.

The members of the Steering Committee are:

Rt Revd Nigel McCulloch (Bishop of Manchester) (Chair)

Very Revd Vivienne Faull (Dean of Leicester, Deans)

Dr Paula Gooder (Birmingham)

Ven Alistair Magowan (Archdeacon of Dorset, Salisbury)

Revd Canon Anne Stevens (Southwark)

Mrs Margaret Swinson (Liverpool)

Mr Geoffrey Tattersall QC (Manchester)

Rt Revd Trevor Willmott (Bishop of Basingstoke, Southern Suffragans)

The Chair of the Revision Committee, the Ven Clive Mansell (Archdeacon of Tonbridge, Rochester), was appointed at the same time as the members of the Steering Committee.  The Appointments Committee has now appointed the following further members of the Synod to the Revision Committee, bringing the total membership of the Committee to 19:

Mrs April Alexander (Southwark)

Mrs Lorna Ashworth (Chichester)

Revd Jonathan Baker (Oxford)

Rt Revd Peter Broadbent (Bishop of Willesden, Southern Suffragans)

Ven Christine Hardman (Archdeacon of Lewisham and Greenwich, Southwark)

Revd Canon Dr Alan Hargrave (Ely)

Rt Revd Martyn Jarrett (Bishop of Beverley, Northern Suffragans)

Revd Canon Simon Killwick (Manchester)

Revd Angus MacLeay (Rochester)

Mrs Caroline Spencer (Canterbury).

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