Thursday, November 22, 2012

My reaction to the synod vote on women bishops

I overhear someone talking about the result on the plane to the UK and I'm like:

first reactionMy initial reaction:

kidding me I go and check it online: 


first anger

Then it sinks in a bit and I'm:


But more like:

sad Then I consider what the press will do with this and I'm: chocked I think about what sort of things I will say to my secular friends, and realise I will sound like:

tosaytochurchAnd then I consider meeting our gifted and brilliant female ordinands at college next week, and know I will go to work like this:


I hope you appreciate my culturally trendy use of “like” in the above, because it pained me to write it.


In all seriousness, the result is not a joking matter. Join with me in praying for our female clergy and ordinands, that they will not loose hope but remain steadfast, courageous and graciously forgiving, fixing their eyes on Jesus till we see this through another day.


At 11/22/2012 4:50 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

One thing worse than a monarchial Church? A Church that commits to discerning the will of the Holy Ghost through the organs of synod and then protests that synod comes back with the wrong answer.

At 11/22/2012 5:07 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

It gave the rest of us a good laugh, though . . .

At 11/22/2012 5:57 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Are you sure that more steadfast, courageous forgiveness is really the right response? If I am complicit in my abuse that may be a Christ-like response, but submitting to a form of institutional abuse that harms many directly, and even more indirectly through the catastrophic damage to the church's mission looks more Anglican than godly. There must come a point where the choice to tell those who seek to stigmatise and demonise female ministry that their view has no place in this church is a better choice than seeking to maintain their comfort at the expense of all others. We cannot continue to pretend that abuse can always be ended without disturbing the comfort of the comfortable

At 11/22/2012 6:07 PM, Blogger Chris Tilling said...

3rd Anon, "more steadfast, courageous forgiveness" is not what I wrote at all, so I think your comments are misheaded if you take my post as a springboard.

We need to "see it through" with courage and steadfastness, not giving up or rolling over! Yet any reaction which is not doused in gracious forgiveness is unchristian.

That said, I understand your concerns.

At 11/23/2012 2:52 PM, Anonymous Peter said...

re. 1st Anon. I think a monarchical church is quite a good idea actually :-)

At 11/24/2012 11:08 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

This is wonderful Ben. Raised like a smile and like reflected my feelings.
Louise Tinniswood

At 11/29/2012 1:22 PM, Blogger The Man Behind The Moustache said...

I am slightly perplexed by the hysterical reaction about this vote. I feel the Synod got it wrong, but I can't judge their hearts as to whether they got it wrong for the right reasons. Men judge outcomes bud God is quite clear about judging the heart (perhaps here we could term it motivations). Bishop is an office in an institution, currently closed to women but Amy Semple MacPherson, Katherine Kuhlman, Heidi Baker and many more have proved to be great leaders in the Church. I am a management consultant and there is one thing that I know from my professional life; you can't solve a spiritual problem with a management solution such as a vote. To those who feel the decision is wrong and even crushing or abusive - forgive, forgive some more (probably) and then pray motivated by love for God, love for yourselves, love for your oppressor and love for the church. You can only solve a spiritual problem with the application of truth in the person of Jesus theological training or ordination required for that quiet obedience.

At 11/30/2012 8:39 PM, Blogger D. W. McClain said...

Here, here, Chris!

At 4/03/2013 4:28 AM, Anonymous Crude said...

There must come a point where the choice to tell those who seek to stigmatise and demonise female ministry

Is there a way to reject female clergy without stigmatizing and demonizing them? Or does the mere act of opposing the ordination of female clergy automatically make it so one is engaged in stigmatizing and demonization?


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