The United Reformed Church welcomes women bishops

URC Logo 300The United Reformed Church has warmly welcomed the Church of England's General Synod vote in favour of allowing women to become bishops. 

The moderators of the General Assembly of the United Reformed Church, the Revd David Grosch-Miller and Mr John Ellis, said:

"Throughout its life the United Reformed Church has opened every office to both men and women and has found its life enriched by the gifts and insights that women have brought to all parts of the Church. In recognising that God calls both women and men equally we have found our understanding of leadership deepened and the language we use of God broadened.

 

 

"As a result we share the delight of most members of the Church of England that the General Synod has, at last, accepted women into the episcopate. As a theologically broad Church, the United Reformed Church is aware of the pain felt by minorities when a decision of this sort is made and we are glad that the Synod has sought to be sensitive to that. We look forward to being able to include some of the new bishops in our celebration of the centenary of the ordination of Constance Coltman, who in 1917 became the first woman to be ordained into the ministry in our tradition.

"We rejoice in the decision of the Church of England to open the episcopate to the gifts of women."