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Standing Commission on the House of Bishops’ Declaration and the Five Guiding Principles

Press release from the Church of England

Standing Commission on the House of Bishops’ Declaration and the Five Guiding Principles


The Bishop of Lichfield, Michael Ipgrave, will chair the 12-strong Standing Commission on the House of Bishops’ Declaration and the Five Guiding Principles.

Alongside him, the members will include:

  • The Bishop of Fulham, the Rt Revd Jonathan Baker (Diocese of London)
  • The Bishop of Ripon, the Rt Revd Dr Helen-Ann Hartley (Diocese of Leeds)
  • Complementarian Evangelical Bishop – to be vacant upon the retirement of the Bishop of Maidstone in October 2022. During the vacancy the Revd Charlie Skrine (Diocese of London) will represent.


  • The Revd Dr Miranda Threlfall-Holmes (Diocese of Liverpool)
  • The Revd Canon Tim Goode, (Diocese of Southwark)
  • The Venerable Pete Spiers, (Diocese of Liverpool)
  • The Revd Canon Smitha Prasadam (Diocese in Europe)


  • Dr Ros Clarke (Diocese of Lichfield)
  • Mrs Emma Joy Gregory (Diocese of Bath and Wells)
  • Canon Dr Addy Lazz-Onyenobi (Diocese of Manchester)
  • Peter Collier QC (Diocese of York)

Establishing the Standing Commission was a key recommendation of the Implementation and Dialogue Group (IDG), a temporary body which reviewed the arrangements which were originally put in place in 2014, opening the episcopate to women as well as men while ensuring provision for those who, in theological conscience, could not accept their ministry.

More detail was set out in the IDG’s report to General Synod last year.

The Commission, appointed by the House of Bishops, will support dioceses with the monitoring of the implementation of the House of Bishops’ Declaration on the Ministry of Bishops and Priests.

Published ahead of the historic vote of the General Synod on women in the episcopate in July 2014, the Declaration sets out five guiding principles under which those in favour of the ordination of women and those who, on theological grounds, cannot fully accept the ordained ministry of women, can both flourish.

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Stephen Griffiths
Stephen Griffiths
1 year ago

12 talented people. But I hope the views of the suffragans of Blackburn Diocese and Chichester Diocese are heard. They are putting the Declaration and Principles into action daily in ways few of us are called to do.

Michael Fuller
Michael Fuller
1 year ago

Time we stopped messing about on this issue, whatever the dissenters say it’s just a distraction!

Fr Dean
Fr Dean
1 year ago

As Ms Thunberg might say “blah, blah, blah”. Lots of hot air will be expended, lots of mileage and hotel bills for residential meetings. Once again deck chairs on the Titanic stuff.

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1 year ago


Susannah Clark
1 year ago

If Michael Ipgrave is chairing it, then I feel hopeful that proceedings will be handled with considerable integrity.

Ronnie Smith
Reply to  Susannah Clark
1 year ago

Also, the presence of Dr. Helen-Ann Hartley (formerly working in New Zealand) should help to bring a lively female perspective!

Last edited 1 year ago by Ronnie Smith
Susannah Clark
Reply to  Ronnie Smith
1 year ago

Very true, Father Ron.

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