FiF Update


National Assembly 2004

The following are the remainder of the Resolutions passed by the eleventh Forward in Faith National Assembly, meeting in Westminster, 16/16 October, 2004.


This Assembly looks forward to the publication of the Report of the Working Party on Women in the Episcopate which has been meeting under the Chairmanship of the Bishop of Rochester and encourages the wider church and in particular the General Synod of the Church of England to use both the Working Party’s Report and Forward in Faith’s Report as the focus for further study and meaningful dialogue between proponents and opponents of the ordination of women to the episcopate, in order that both parties may continue to be enabled peacefully to co-exist within the Body of Christ.

Proposed by the Reverend Robin Ellis

Seconded by the Reverend Simon Ellis



This Assembly, in view of the likelihood of the consecration of women as bishops, expresses its concern about the impact of such consecrations and any consequent ecclesial reordering on priests and religious of this constituency who are serving in situations outside parishes which have petitioned for extended episcopal care.


This concern prompts the Assembly to request the Council to formulate, and work for the acceptance of, proposals for appropriate provision by the General Synod for priests and religious who are left with no alternative but to resign in the event of such consecrations.

Proposed by the Reverend Canon Tom Mendel SSC

Seconded by the Reverend Brother Christian SSF


This Assembly commits itself to do all things necessary to secure a structural solution for those unable in conscience to receive the ordination of women, which will become necessary in the event of the ordination of a woman as a bishop in either the Province of Canterbury or York, or in the event that the Episcopal Ministry Act of Synod 1993 is rescinded by the General Synod of the Church of England.

Proposed by the Reverend Paul Plumpton

Seconded by the Reverend Alan Cooke


Having learned of the decision of the General Synod of the Anglican Church of Australia in recent days not to proceed to the ordination of women to the episcopate, this Assembly calls upon the individual bishops of the Anglican Church of Australia to respect, and abide by, this decision of their General Synod.

Proposed by the Council of Forward in Faith


The National Assembly of Forward in Faith notes with concern the recent remarks of the Dean of Sydney at the Reform conference (as reported in the Guardian newspaper) and especially his offensive and reprehensible comments about the Archbishop of Canterbury.

The Assembly dissociates itself completely from the Dean of Sydney’s reported remarks, and assures His Grace the Archbishop of its prayerful, if sometimes critical, support in his ministry.

Proposed by Dr Alan Harrison

Seconded by the Reverend Dr Geoffrey Kirk


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