Comments: New Bishop of Gloucester 'likely to be a woman'

That sounds good to someone living in Gloucestershire! We have a number of very fine women priests in the diocese whose priestly ability is beyond doubt. The two in my own parish have not discouraged the menfolk from playing an active role in church affairs.

But there are many considerations and the outcome is not in our own hands.

Posted by Sister Mary at Wednesday, 24 September 2014 at 5:49pm BST

Is this a strong indication that male candidates need not apply, especially if the Archdeacon of Cheltenham is a member of the interviewing panel?

Posted by Father David at Friday, 26 September 2014 at 5:53am BST

Candidates do not apply for episcopal vacancies. Rather, the Commission invites individuals to become candidates.

And it would perhaps be illegal to have a female-only shortlist per se.

Posted by Simon Kershaw at Friday, 26 September 2014 at 7:53am BST

Simon, whatever happened to "positive discrimination"? Don't our political parties have all female short lists in order to try and achieve a greater balance between the genders? Surely that is not illegal but has yet to achieve a more representative reflection of the nation as far as male/female MPs are concerned.

Posted by Father David at Friday, 26 September 2014 at 9:17am BST

"Candidates do not apply for episcopal vacancies. Rather, the Commission invites individuals to become candidates."

Is this really still the case? A step in the recruitment process that has been discredited in many other professions, in favour of openly advertising jobs and allowing anybody to apply who thinks they have something to offer.

Simon


Posted by Simon Dawson at Friday, 26 September 2014 at 11:01am BST

I think we've been through this before, but the present situation is that the vacancy in see is advertised and people may write in with their thoughts on the matter and suggest people who might be considered.

There's a description of the process at https://www.churchofengland.org/clergy-office-holders/asa/senappt/dbnom.aspx and in a file attached to that page:

"A national announcement in the church press will have invited members of the public to submit comments and possible names to the Appointments Secretaries. The names submitted are circulated to all members of the Crown Nominations Commission, together with the Description of the Diocese and Statement of Needs, the Secretaries’ Memorandum, a note by the outgoing bishop (if submitted) and a statement by the Archbishops on the needs of the Church of England as a whole. The Archbishops’ Secretary for Appointments will have produced a draft role profile and person specification in the light of these documents, which will also be sent out. This will be for discussion and final agreement at the first meeting of the Commission. Members of the Commission are invited to submit the names of potential candidates for consideration by the Commission in the light of the priorities identified."

The first meeting of the CNC for a particular vacancy will then "consider the candidates against the profile agreed and identify those whom the Commission would like to interview"


Posted by Simon Kershaw at Friday, 26 September 2014 at 2:37pm BST

Simon (Kershaw),

Thank you, that is very helpful, and describes a more open process than that first posting implied.

But to clarify one more thing for me, is it possible to put one's own name forward for consideration? And even if that was possible, would such an act be regarded as inappropriate behavior, possibly lacking in humility, and likely to end up with your name on the reject pile?

Simon (Dawson)

Posted by Simon Dawson at Friday, 26 September 2014 at 4:27pm BST
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