The Dean of Christ Church, Oxford, has invited the Bishop-designate of Sheffield, the Rt Revd Philip North, to decline his nomination to the See because of his opposition to women's ordination.
The Very Revd Prof Martyn Percy has made a case against the elevation of the Rt Revd Philip North, the Bishop of Burnley, in an article published on the website of Modern Church, a society promoting liberal Christianity, of which Prof Percy is a Vice President.
Professor Percy argues in the article 'Questions of Ambiguity and Integrity?' that the logic of Bishop North’s theological position makes it impossible for him to affirm and receive the ordained ministry of all his female clergy. Moreover, the same would apply to any male ordained by a female bishop. Women account for around one-third of the clergy of Sheffield diocese.
Modern Church welcomes the result of the vote in General Synod this week not to 'take note' of the House of Bishops report on Marriage and Same Sex Partnerships after the Shared Conversations.
By rejecting the motion to take note of this report, the General Synod has sent the Bishops back to the drawing board.
Most telling among the many reflections leading up to and during this landmark debate were these:
2017 Annual Conference of Modern Church
God: None, One, Three or Many?
10th-12th July 2017
at High Leigh Conference Centre, Hoddesdon, Herts.
What do we mean by the word ‘God’?
Or, for that matter, lower-case ‘god’ or ‘gods’?
A majority of people in Britain claim to believe in ‘God’, but is this ‘the Christian God’?
And what is ‘the Christian God’ anyway?
Modern Believing is the journal of Modern Church. It publishes articles in theology and related disciplines to promote theological liberalism.
Published quarterly by Liverpool University Press and indexed in the ATLA religion database.
Editor: Revd Dr Steven Shakespeare
Reviews Editor: Revd Dr Michael Brierley
Assistant Editor: Revd Anthony Freeman
Vol 58:1 January 2017 - Editor: Steven Shakespeare
After two special issues last year, this edition of Modern Believing returns to a more diverse array of topics: from the religious undertones of popular music culture to the lessons to be learnt from the centuries old legacy of firebrand Quaker, George Fox.
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