Finally General Synod has said yes to Women Bishops.  It has been a long and difficult journey but even now as some rejoice (me included!) others will feel anxious.  The ordination of women as priests has felt so right and greatly enriched the life of the Church.  Indeed it is hard to believe that is only 20 years ago; such has been their contribution that it feels as if this change happened much longer ago.  For me being an inclusive church is essential to the heart of the gospel and so today there is a deep thankfulness as the Church takes another step in being truly inclusive.  Nevertheless being inclusive also means welcoming those who see things differently including those who find nothing to celebrate in the General Synod’s decision.  I therefore remain committed to helping lead a Church which is truly open to all.

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