Today, the synod of the Church of England has voted to accept women as bishops.
I’m a good Baptist; I don’t believe in the theology of episcopacy.
But, I am also crying for joy for my Anglican sisters and brothers. Which surprised me, I must say, I knew that if the vote was yes, I would be happy. I didn’t realise quite how it would feel.
And if it feels like that to me, I can only begin to imagine what it feels like for people – on both sides – for whom episcopacy is central to the nature of the church.
I am grateful for the spirit of today’s debate. I am delighted at the result. And I am ever grateful to those women who, before me, made a path for women in my community to serve fully.
And I wore a purple shirt today deliberately! 🙂