Posted on 28 September 2012
General Synod members at the Reform conference this week joined over 160 other Reform members in resolving to vote against the current draft measure on women bishops at the Synod's watershed meeting in November.
Speaking at the conference Reform chairman, Rev'd Rod Thomas, a member of the General Synod House of Clergy, said: "After all the tweaking and tinkering with amendments we have sadly been left with a draft Measure which in the long term is likely to have very detrimental effects on our ministries, however benign it may appear in its first few years.
"We are therefore going to oppose this measure and urge those who want to see a strong evangelical presence continuing in the Church of England to join us in doing so."
Reform members voted unanimously on two resolutions put to the conference, as follows:
1. Same-Sex Marriage
This conference, recalling that Her Majesty the Queen vowed at her coronation to ‘maintain the Laws of God and the true profession of the gospel' and that her Government therefore has a duty to put this into effect:
- Affirms that marriage is a creation ordinance and a gift of God for the good of all. It cannot be redefined to include same-sex couples nor subjected to a distinction between ‘marriage' and ‘christian marriage'.
- Calls on members of Reform to maintain pressure on Ministers, MPs and Peers to uphold marriage and resist proposals for same-sex marriage.
2. Women Bishops
This conference believes the Draft Bishops and Priests (Consecration and Ordination of Women) Measure represents a step in an unbiblical and therefore wrong direction for the Church of England. Its provision is entirely inadequate for those who believe the Bible's teaching of male headship in the family and the church. Recent amendments by the House of Bishops will make no material difference. It therefore urges the Reform Council to continue to campaign vigorously against the Draft Measure and calls on General Synod members to vote against it in November 2012.