President welcomes Church in Wales' decision on women bishops

The Methodist Church has welcomed the Church in Wales' decision to admit women into the episcopate. The Revd Ruth Gee, President of the Methodist Conference, and Dr Daleep Mukarji, Vice-President of the Methodist Conference, made the following statement: 

"We were delighted to hear that the Governing Body of the Church in Wales has decided to admit women to the episcopate. We affirm that 'all are one in Christ Jesus' and rejoice in the ministry of women and men in all areas of the life and mission of the Methodist Church in Britain.

"Along with other churches we are in a covenant relationship with the Church in Wales. We will continue to work with all our ecumenical partners to affirm, celebrate and enable the discipleship of all God's wonderfully diverse people.

"We will pray for those who are now working to implement the decision of the Church in Wales and for those for whom the decision is difficult."

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