I will write a second blog about the meeting two trustees and I had yesterday with Ben Bradshaw MP. Before I do, Ben asked if Changing Attitude would encourage our supporters to contact their MPs and encourage them to attend, speak and vote at the debate being held next Wednesday afternoon, 12 December, on an Early Day Motion about women bishops tabled by Frank Field.
The motion reads:
That this House welcomes the moves by the General Synod of the Church of England to pass legislation permitting women to be bishops; notes that the Synod has now concluded its consultation with the dioceses on the Women in the Episcopate: draft Bishops and Priests (Consecration and Ordination of Women) Measure; further welcomes the result of those consultations, with 42 out of 44 dioceses voting in favour; is encouraged by the overwhelming support shown by 85 per cent. of bishops, 76 per cent. of clergy and 77 per cent. of the laity voting in favour; encourages the House of Bishops to commend the Measure for final approval as currently drafted; and calls on Her Majesty’s Government to work with the governing authorities of the Church of England including the Archbishops’ Council, the House of Bishops and the General Synod to ensure that the express wishes of the overwhelming majority of those consulted across the Provinces of Canterbury and York are met by expeditiously tabling the Measure in Parliament for its approval.
The motion is sponsored by David Blunkett, Natascha Engel, John Mann, Nicholas Soames and Stephen Timms.
Please contact your Member of Parliament, draw the debate to his or her attention and ask them to attend the debate, speak, and vote. It’s really crucial for all of us who are praying for a truly inclusive church for all, irrespective of gender and sexuality, that as many members of parliament as possible are made aware of the importance of this debate. Every opportunity we take now has the potential to enhance the role of both women and LGB&T people in the Church.
You can find the name and email address of your MP by going to http://www.parliament.uk/ and typing your post code in the “Members of the House of Commons” section.
Please do it NOW!