Women and the General Synod

Women are in the ascendant everywhere. Men, with the demise of repetitive factory and manufacturing work, and the outsourcing of industry, have somewhat lost their way in the world. Men may earn more for the same work, we may occupy way too many spaces on Boards, but many of us secretly know women are naturally better professionals than we are. Women, with their superior “soft” skills, penchant for team work and innate diplomacy, are taking over the world.

The World, outside of the Church of England that is…

The notice for the right to ordane women clergy as Bishops came again to a vote in the General Synod yesterday. The Synod comprises three “Houses”; in order to pass, the vote needed a successful outcome in each of these three Houses. The Bishops approved the vote, but the Laity, sadly not. We are now in a position where the present Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr Rowan Williams, and his successor, support a modernised principle that the Laity do not.

Churches, as with any other Institution, comprise their membership, and require of this membership an active, informed and participative process of engagement. How can the C of E not now be seen increasingly as the relic it is so swiftly turning into. Women deserve to be Bishops, and have earned the right, through centuries of missionary work, through outreach, and arguably their “husbanding” (not a misnomer) the Church through periods of turmoil. Women showing great clarity of purpose during recent trials of Faith. Challenges including the abuse cases littering Catholicism (can Priests now marry?) and the exodus from the C of E to the Roman church, of so many, during the original ordination of women clergy some twenty years ago.

As the present Archbishop noted: this is not going to go away. Can we wait another five hundred years for the Church to catch up with the rest of society? I’d say watch this space, yet the likelihood is, there’ll be little left to look at….


Author: Damian Merciar

Damian Merciar is Managing Director of Merciar Business Consulting, http://www.merciar.com, a niche business economics consultancy founded in 1998. He has over twenty years experience in the areas of commercial Business Strategy. He is experienced in the transition environments of nationalized to private sector state utilities and the senior practice of commercial management, advisorial consultancy, and implementation. He has carried out policy advisory work for government ministries and been an adviser to institutional bodies proposing changes to government. He holds an MSc Economics from the University of Surrey’s leading Economics department and an MBA from the University of Kent. Also attending the leading University in the Middle East, studying International Relations and Language, for which he won a competitive international scholarship, and has a BA (Hons) in Economic History and Political Economy from the University of Portsmouth. He is currently based in London.

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