Female priests ordained by bishop for first time

From left, Karen Young, Dr Alison Green and Sarah Flashman

From left, Karen Young, Dr Alison Green and Sarah Flashman

First published in News

NEW female priests have been ordained by a serving Sussex bishop for the first time ever.

The Bishop of Lewes, the Rt Rev Richard Jackson, is the first bishop in the Diocese of Chichester to support women priests since the law was changed more than 10 years ago.

Dr Alison Green and Karen Young, of Chichester and Sarah Flashman of Dorset were ordained by Bishop Jackson at a ceremony at St Paul’s Church, Chichester, on Sunday.

Bishop Jackson – who was only consecrated in May – said he was keen to redress the balance of female clergy in Sussex – which has one of the lowest proportions of female priests in the country.

Bishop Jackson – who is known as the biking bishop after buying a Harley Davidson during a “midlife crisis” – added that he was looking forward to welcoming women bishops too in the near future.

He said: “In the past, Sussex had to have a retired bishop or someone to come in from outside.

“I am fully aware of the range of views within the Church of England and the diocese but fully support women as priests and bishops.

“This is a fantastic celebration for all the women in the diocese, not just those being ordained.

“It was exciting on Sunday as it was all women being ordai-ned so a special occasion – also for those who had a difficult journey getting to where they are.

“There hadn’t been any bishops in Sussex who would ordain women priests until now.”

Support Bishop Jackson said until the law changed in 1993 it was not possible, but he said here has not been a bishop who would ordain women priests in Sussex.

He added: “As a diocese we have a very low proportion of women priests and we were the last diocese in the country not to ordain women by our own bishops.

“I am very much looking forward to welcoming women as bishops.

“From a theological point of view if you support women priests then there’s no reason not to support women bishops too.”

On Monday Jill Simpson of Ferring was also ordained alongside four new male priests at All Saints, in Hove And tomorrow, Pauline Lucas of Seaford will be ordained along with three male colleagues at St Anne’s in Lewes.

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10:44am Wed 18 Jun 14

pjwilk says...

Another move away from Bible teachings.
Another move away from Bible teachings. pjwilk
  • Score: -6

11:39am Wed 18 Jun 14

andrewedmondson says...

One small step for Chichester Diocese but it's all too late for the C of E. This is a dying institution that is out of step with modern life.

The C of E and the Catholic Church are being dragged into the 21st century kicking and screaming. They are desperate to hold onto the vestiges of power inherited from the past:

publicly funded religious schools for recruiting more followers
bishops in the House of Lords opposing human rights
control over national ceremonies like Remembrance Day that exclude the non-religious

And let's not forget other wonderful traditions like Jews having the right to circumcise their children for purely religious reasons.

Progress in human rights have been continuously opposed by the churches for centuries. And it continues today, with opposition to same sex marriage, sex and relationships education, women bishops, abortion, assisted dying, embryonic stem cell research, the list goes on.

The government has bent over backwards to protect religious organisations and their followers by exempting religious schools from the Equality Act, allowing them to discriminate over admissions, staff, so-called Religious Education, Sex and Relationships Education. The government continues to support a daily act of worship in all schools and local religious control over Religious Education. Why is this? Partly because the majority of politicians and councilors are religious (just look at West Sussex). Religion + Power = Oppression

The only solution to this is secularism, which implies the disestablishment of the C of E. I thought this was a long way off until the recent scandal in Birmingham ignited a national debate.

Maybe I will live to see an end to state sanctioned religious discrimination. But for now I support Bishop Jackson's move to break with tradition in the name of equality.
One small step for Chichester Diocese but it's all too late for the C of E. This is a dying institution that is out of step with modern life. The C of E and the Catholic Church are being dragged into the 21st century kicking and screaming. They are desperate to hold onto the vestiges of power inherited from the past: publicly funded religious schools for recruiting more followers bishops in the House of Lords opposing human rights control over national ceremonies like Remembrance Day that exclude the non-religious And let's not forget other wonderful traditions like Jews having the right to circumcise their children for purely religious reasons. Progress in human rights have been continuously opposed by the churches for centuries. And it continues today, with opposition to same sex marriage, sex and relationships education, women bishops, abortion, assisted dying, embryonic stem cell research, the list goes on. The government has bent over backwards to protect religious organisations and their followers by exempting religious schools from the Equality Act, allowing them to discriminate over admissions, staff, so-called Religious Education, Sex and Relationships Education. The government continues to support a daily act of worship in all schools and local religious control over Religious Education. Why is this? Partly because the majority of politicians and councilors are religious (just look at West Sussex). Religion + Power = Oppression The only solution to this is secularism, which implies the disestablishment of the C of E. I thought this was a long way off until the recent scandal in Birmingham ignited a national debate. Maybe I will live to see an end to state sanctioned religious discrimination. But for now I support Bishop Jackson's move to break with tradition in the name of equality. andrewedmondson
  • Score: 3

12:26pm Wed 18 Jun 14

andrewedmondson says...

Of course not ZeeGee but the overriding religious power in the UK is Christian.

I also didn't mention other organisations that receive public funding to indoctrinate children with supernatural or pseudoscientific beliefs, e.g. Steiner, Sikh and Hindu schools.

At least the government has just made it illegal for academies and free schools to teach creationism as a valid scientific explanation.
Of course not ZeeGee but the overriding religious power in the UK is Christian. I also didn't mention other organisations that receive public funding to indoctrinate children with supernatural or pseudoscientific beliefs, e.g. Steiner, Sikh and Hindu schools. At least the government has just made it illegal for academies and free schools to teach creationism as a valid scientific explanation. andrewedmondson
  • Score: 2

1:07pm Wed 18 Jun 14

Cyril Bolleaux says...

andrewedmondson wrote:
One small step for Chichester Diocese but it's all too late for the C of E. This is a dying institution that is out of step with modern life. The C of E and the Catholic Church are being dragged into the 21st century kicking and screaming. They are desperate to hold onto the vestiges of power inherited from the past: publicly funded religious schools for recruiting more followers bishops in the House of Lords opposing human rights control over national ceremonies like Remembrance Day that exclude the non-religious And let's not forget other wonderful traditions like Jews having the right to circumcise their children for purely religious reasons. Progress in human rights have been continuously opposed by the churches for centuries. And it continues today, with opposition to same sex marriage, sex and relationships education, women bishops, abortion, assisted dying, embryonic stem cell research, the list goes on. The government has bent over backwards to protect religious organisations and their followers by exempting religious schools from the Equality Act, allowing them to discriminate over admissions, staff, so-called Religious Education, Sex and Relationships Education. The government continues to support a daily act of worship in all schools and local religious control over Religious Education. Why is this? Partly because the majority of politicians and councilors are religious (just look at West Sussex). Religion + Power = Oppression The only solution to this is secularism, which implies the disestablishment of the C of E. I thought this was a long way off until the recent scandal in Birmingham ignited a national debate. Maybe I will live to see an end to state sanctioned religious discrimination. But for now I support Bishop Jackson's move to break with tradition in the name of equality.
Utter tripe.

If you are looking to stop oppression you must first look at political parties. The greatest mass murderers in history have all been socialists who lead socialist parties. I suggest we start by supporting religious values rather than oppressive secular socialism.
[quote][p][bold]andrewedmondson[/bold] wrote: One small step for Chichester Diocese but it's all too late for the C of E. This is a dying institution that is out of step with modern life. The C of E and the Catholic Church are being dragged into the 21st century kicking and screaming. They are desperate to hold onto the vestiges of power inherited from the past: publicly funded religious schools for recruiting more followers bishops in the House of Lords opposing human rights control over national ceremonies like Remembrance Day that exclude the non-religious And let's not forget other wonderful traditions like Jews having the right to circumcise their children for purely religious reasons. Progress in human rights have been continuously opposed by the churches for centuries. And it continues today, with opposition to same sex marriage, sex and relationships education, women bishops, abortion, assisted dying, embryonic stem cell research, the list goes on. The government has bent over backwards to protect religious organisations and their followers by exempting religious schools from the Equality Act, allowing them to discriminate over admissions, staff, so-called Religious Education, Sex and Relationships Education. The government continues to support a daily act of worship in all schools and local religious control over Religious Education. Why is this? Partly because the majority of politicians and councilors are religious (just look at West Sussex). Religion + Power = Oppression The only solution to this is secularism, which implies the disestablishment of the C of E. I thought this was a long way off until the recent scandal in Birmingham ignited a national debate. Maybe I will live to see an end to state sanctioned religious discrimination. But for now I support Bishop Jackson's move to break with tradition in the name of equality.[/p][/quote]Utter tripe. If you are looking to stop oppression you must first look at political parties. The greatest mass murderers in history have all been socialists who lead socialist parties. I suggest we start by supporting religious values rather than oppressive secular socialism. Cyril Bolleaux
  • Score: -1

1:27pm Wed 18 Jun 14

Number Six says...

pjwilk wrote:
Another move away from Bible teachings.
It's been a long time since I read the Bible. Remind me; where exactly does it say women can't be vicars?
[quote][p][bold]pjwilk[/bold] wrote: Another move away from Bible teachings.[/p][/quote]It's been a long time since I read the Bible. Remind me; where exactly does it say women can't be vicars? Number Six
  • Score: 2

1:29pm Wed 18 Jun 14

Roundbill says...

pjwilk wrote:
Another move away from Bible teachings.
Indeed. Back in the good old days, wearing a tasteless dress and falling in love with choirboys was men's work.
[quote][p][bold]pjwilk[/bold] wrote: Another move away from Bible teachings.[/p][/quote]Indeed. Back in the good old days, wearing a tasteless dress and falling in love with choirboys was men's work. Roundbill
  • Score: 3

1:52pm Wed 18 Jun 14

andrewedmondson says...

Cyril Bolleaux you are confusing two different things.

Socialism is an economic theory.

Secularism is simply the separation of government from religion. If a government favours one religion, other religious followers are disadvantaged. If a government favours all religion, it disadvantages the non-religious. Secularism is simply a level playing field with regard to religion and belief.

Creating a secular society removes one of the possible causes of conflict and inequality. It does not solve all the ills of society, which is what your comment implies.
Cyril Bolleaux you are confusing two different things. Socialism is an economic theory. Secularism is simply the separation of government from religion. If a government favours one religion, other religious followers are disadvantaged. If a government favours all religion, it disadvantages the non-religious. Secularism is simply a level playing field with regard to religion and belief. Creating a secular society removes one of the possible causes of conflict and inequality. It does not solve all the ills of society, which is what your comment implies. andrewedmondson
  • Score: 2

1:54pm Wed 18 Jun 14

tinker111 says...

Roundbill wrote:
pjwilk wrote:
Another move away from Bible teachings.
Indeed. Back in the good old days, wearing a tasteless dress and falling in love with choirboys was men's work.
Well said Roundbill ,very late in day coming and wish it was said 3 only female's but at least it's a start
[quote][p][bold]Roundbill[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]pjwilk[/bold] wrote: Another move away from Bible teachings.[/p][/quote]Indeed. Back in the good old days, wearing a tasteless dress and falling in love with choirboys was men's work.[/p][/quote]Well said Roundbill ,very late in day coming and wish it was said 3 only female's but at least it's a start tinker111
  • Score: 0

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