17 November 2014
Warm welcome for women bishops vote
The President and Vice-President of the Methodist Conference have welcomed the General Synod's vote to adopt legislation to ordain women as bishops. The vote means that the Church of England's first female bishops could be ordained next year.
The Revd Kenneth Howcroft and Ms Gill Dascombe welcomed news of the vote, issuing the following statement:
"We thank God that the General Synod has taken the final step in the process towards admitting women to the episcopate. We look forward to the appointment of women as bishops in the near future and pray that their ministry within and beyond the Church of England will be richly blessed.
"We are very pleased that, with the guidance of the Holy Spirit, the General Synod of the Church of England has been able to reach the point of opening its episcopate to women. We recognise that this has been a long and difficult process. It has been an important sign of the Covenant between our two churches that the Methodist people have, throughout, held their sisters and brothers of the Church of England in their prayers."