Tuesday, 15 October 2013

Revd Preb Dr Jane Tillier elected to attend House of Bishops

The election of another of the eight women to attend the House of Bishops has been announced by the Diocese of Lichfield. She is the Revd Dr Jane Tillier and joins the three other women whose election was announced last month.

The Lichfield announcement is copied below the fold.

The official press release from the Church of England announcing the first three names was dated 26 September 2013 and stated “The results for the elections in the 5 other regions are expected to be announced over the next two weeks.” Almost three weeks later four remain to be announced.

Update

I have heard unofficially that Annette Cooper, the Archdeacon of Colchester, was elected for the Eastern region.

Local vicar elected to attend House of Bishops

Revd Preb Dr Jane Tillier was elected on 10th October to represent the West Midlands at the House of Bishops. She is one of eight women nationwide who will attend the House of Bishops as Regional Representatives, a new role open only to female clergy.

Prebendary Tillier was elected by the West Midlands Regional Electoral College, comprising ten women from five dioceses: Worcester, Hereford, Birmingham, Coventry and Lichfield.

“Our God is indeed a God of surprises!” Tillier said. “I am honoured and delighted to be entrusted with this regional role at such an exciting time in the history of the Church of England. My hope and prayer is that the presence of the eight women reps at meetings of the House of Bishops will be good news both for our senior male colleagues and for the world we serve in Jesus’ name.”

In a joint statement, the electoral college members said: “We met in a spirit of prayerful discernment, and had an open conversation about our hopes for the life and wellbeing of the whole church, listening attentively to each other, and to the Spirit of God. It was a privilege and joy to be part of it, and the constructive and optimistic conversation demonstrated that we are in a very different position to where we were at the time of the General Synod vote last year. We are grateful for the Bishops’ decision to admit eight women to their meetings and we recognise the opportunity this gives to re-imagine the church.”

Prebendary Tillier will attend her first meeting of the House of Bishops in December. The House of Bishops is one of the three Houses of the General Synod, the national assembly of the Church of England.

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Comments

I saw another comment about someone else who had been elected. It may have been someone from Portsmouth, but I don't think it was a formal announcement.

Posted by: Susan Cooper on Tuesday, 15 October 2013 at 4:14pm BST

They're needed to serve m'lords tea?

OK, just kidding---but seriously, CofE, you need women to "attend the House of Bishops" *AS* bishops. Nothing more, and NOTHING LESS. Maranatha!

Posted by: JCF on Tuesday, 15 October 2013 at 8:54pm BST

"Like a mighty tortoise, moves the Church of God".

Posted by: Father Ron Smith on Wednesday, 16 October 2013 at 10:20am BST
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