The General Synod of the Church of England: Unconditionally ordain Women as Bishops in the Church of England
  • Petitioned R.t Rev. Rowan Williams

This petition was delivered to:

Archbishop of Canterbury
R.t Rev. Rowan Williams
Bishop of Durham
Rt .Rev. Justin Welby
Archbishop of York
Rt. Rev. John Sentemu
Secretary General, General Synod
William Fittall

The General Synod of the Church of England: Unconditionally ordain Women as Bishops in the Church of England

    1. Phil Davis
    2. Petition by

      Phil Davis

      Wolverhampton, United Kingdom

The Anglican Episcopacy should be open to women. Synod and the Dioceses of the CofE have agreed this. The vote at Novembers synod has been deeply hurtful to many women, and damaged the Church as a whole.

The next time this issue is voted on it should be as a single clause: The Church of England may consecrate women as Bishops.

As well as a campaigning tool, this petition is a way of gathering together people, especially lay Anglicans, who can organize to elect new and representative Deanery, Diocesan and General synods that will effect this change.

Recent signatures


    1. Women Bishops - the next phase

      Phil Davis
      Petition organiser

      A few updates which I've gathered together here to save bombarding you with multiple updates.

      I will be closing and submitting the petition at the end of this week, as the House of Bishops which will be meeting to plan a timely way forward. Please use this week to promote this petition to your friends including on Facebook and Twitter.

      I have now refined the 'petition letter', which will be recieved by Rowan Williams, Archbishops of Canterbury, John Sentemu, Archbishop of York, Justin Welby, Archbishshop of Canterbury designate and William Fittall, Secretary General to Synod. Its on the website. Have a look.

      Finally, supporters may be interested the approach taken by Bristol Diocesan Synod. Could those of you connected with deanery or diocesan synods propose similar motions?

      Best wishes, and keep the campaign going
      Phil - Start, Join, and Win Campaigns for Change is the web's leading platform for social change, empowering anyone, anywhere to start petitions that make a difference.

    2. Reached 1,500 signatures


    Reasons for signing

      • over 1 year ago


      • over 1 year ago

      Because I believe in equal rights between men and women and I believe Jesus did too. I think it's an absolute embarrassment to be part of an organisation that talks about justice and prejudice etc and yet supports prejudice against members of the clergy!

    • Qwerty Qwert EPIC, AL
      • over 1 year ago

      Stupid femminists.

    • William Smith CH3 7QF, UNITED KINGDOM
      • over 1 year ago

      I'm Anglican and I believe it is time to move on or become irrelevant. Allowing current state of affairs to stand will betray my generation and confirm that the church will cease to function in a useful manner in the near future.

    • Charlie Martineau HARROGATE, UNITED KINGDOM
      • over 1 year ago

      Not only is this movefprchange the right thing to do, it is already the will of the majority of the Church and of all the 3 houses of the synod. It must be implemented in the near future, not after another decade.


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