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Election Addresses

Voting is now closed for the 2017 General Synod By-election

Hustings

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  • Candidates' Responses - Clergy
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  • The Revd Richard Jones

    Question 1: In what ways would the candidates promote the presence and participation of Anglicans of Ethnic Minority Heritage in all structures of our church? Revd Dr Kuhan Satkunanayagam, Rector of Long Ditton

    • Answer: I am encouraged by the appointment of a national minority ethnic officer (in 2016) to assist dioceses and recently, the new Bishop of Loughborough who has a focus to encourage black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) representation in the diocese of Leicester. I fully support the outworkings of their appointments as we seek to ensure that the Anglican church in Britain is known to welcome and serve all people and nurture disciples from all backgrounds in our shared mission. Recognising that most churches within the Diocese of Guildford are likely to be predominantly mono-cultural, the need to demonstrate that the church values and supports people of all ethnicities is particularly important.  In this regard, the leadership and ministry of the Bishops and Senior staff team are crucial. At a parish level, in the church that I lead, we seek to promote the presence and participation of all ethnicities through:  . ministry staff, leadership and volunteer teams include people from different ethnic backgrounds and nationalities, .ensuring that all pictures on notice boards, powerpoint images used in sermons and publicity are representative of all ethnicities, .partnering in ministry with an Anglican church from Brixton (e.g. visits, joint camping at ‘Soul Survivor’ etc.), . the content of our intercessions, . our mission partnerships and visiting speakers.
  • The Revd Sir George Newton

    Question 1: In what ways would the candidates promote the presence and participation of Anglicans of Ethnic Minority Heritage in all structures of our church? Revd Dr Kuhan Satkunanayagam, Rector of Long Ditton

    Answer:

    Thanks for this important question.

    • I am a firm believer that the Church of England should be a/the church for all the people of this country, whatever their ethnic heritage.
    • Therefore, both locally and nationally, both in structures and attendance, we would want it to reflect the ethnic heritage of the people.
    • In many cases, especially nationally, there is serious under-representation. (Locally, the church I lead reflects well the ethnic diversity of the town but the leadership does not yet).
    • The Archbishop’s Council is aware of this and aims to develop and monitor the effect of Renewal and Reform strategies amongst BAME communities (GS Misc 1169) but may need encouraging to continue to do so rather than letting this fall from the consciousness of Synod, so I would be happy to make sure this remains on the agenda.
    • I hope (whether elected or not, as things can progress upwards from deanery synod) to bring to Synod a proposal that careful and strategic thought be given to a strategy and policy of working with single ethnicity independent congregations (especially first generation) with the aim to offer some sort of ‘umbrella membership’ of the Church of England as such congregations work towards the rocky transition into second generation churches.
    • This could bring a protection from split and implosion of such churches with the wisdom and experience of longevity that the C of E has and could inject much needed life into parts of the C of E.
    • Ultimately, this could bring more people and leaders into the structure of the church (although I am aware that there are many sensitive areas to be addressed in this approach).
  • The Revd Jane Vlach

    Question 1: In what ways would the candidates promote the presence and participation of Anglicans of Ethnic Minority Heritage in all structures of our church? Revd Dr Kuhan Satkunanayagam, Rector of Long Ditton

    Answer: 

    The credibility of mission depends partly on the church, and its ministers, representing and reflecting the communities in which they are embedded. Encouragingly, the Church of England is taking steps to address this including:

    • Archbishop’s Council most notably set up the Committee for Minority Ethnic Anglican Concerns (CMEAC) to identify, monitor and take forward concerns of Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) Anglicans and make recommendations for change. The Committee is accountable to the General Synod.
    • As part of the Renewal and Reform programme it commissioned the theological reflection ‘Come as we are: re-visioning the landscape of BAME involvement and representation in the Church of England’. There is much that is helpful in Rev’d Dr Sharon Prentis report, including recognising key barriers to greater inclusion of BAME people within the church. It touches on matters such as ‘unconscious bias’, based on assumptions about people and places influenced by culture, social background and personal experience. Similarly, it points to the unwitting, subconscious and conscious practices that exclude and which also contradict the generous hospitality of God. It states that ‘developing awareness around what it means to belong and also what it is to be excluded allows the repentance that is pre-requisite for effective change to occur.’
    • The theme of the annual meeting of the College of Bishops in September was: ‘Telling the Gospel of Salvation in Every Place’ exploring how the church ministers to every community in the country. The Bishops were joined by BAME clergy to bring additional perspectives to the debate, and although it may take time before we know the result of the meeting the intentions were positive. Members of General Synod will need to hold CMEAC to account, and monitor closely the recommendations that flow from the College of Bishops’ meeting. 
      I take heart that it is possible for Synod to make a significant difference in promoting the presence and participation on Anglicans of Ethnic minority heritage in the church.  In July 2017 General Synod agreed a motion to petition the Queen for a new suffragen See of Loughborough within the Leicester diocese to ‘grow new churches that reflect the cultural and ethnic diversity of the area’. The outcome of that vote will be the consecration of Iranian born Canon Gulnar Eleanor Francis-DehqaniIt, as suffragen Bishop of Loughborough on Thursday 30th November. A good result for synod and the wider church. My approach at Synod would be aligned with the conclusion of the Renewal and Reform theological reflection: “It is only with a renewed vision of a representative church, based on authentic encounter and acceptance, that we can fulfil the mission Christ entrusted to us.”
 
 
  • Candidates' Responses - Laity
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  • Sara Gillingham

    Question ​1: What is your opinion of the findings of Sir Philip Mawer in his report published on the Church of England website https://www.churchofengland.org/media/4032634/independent-reviewer-sheffield-report.pdf  on 15 September 2017; in particular, do you agree that the failings he identifies in paragraph 190 apply to the Diocese of Guildford; and if so, what action should the Diocese take? Adrian Vincent, Member of Woking Deanery Synod

    Answer: There were some very good recommendations made in the report on the Nomination to the See of Sheffield. The findings also include the recommendation for the House of Bishops to spend more time looking at the theology underpinning the settlement, along with a consideration of pastoral issues. Without a clearer shared understanding of the Settlement, it is difficult for any Diocese to address the failings highlighted in paragraph 190 about informing and educating clergy and laity. In principle I agree with the findings in paragraph 190, and the likely outcome is that the House of Bishops will now provide detailed guidance & resources to the Diocese which it can act upon. One note of caution is that the Review did not give sufficient attention to the voices & concerns of lay women and women clergy, and it is imperative that they are heard. Sir Philip Mawer makes the recommendation that "the House of Bishops commissions a group…. to review what has been done; distil examples of good practice within dioceses; and provide resources to help dioceses, deaneries and parishes….”. Should this recommendation be adopted in this form, the commissioning of this group must ensure that lay women and women clergy are adequately represented.

     

    Question 2: Would you personally and unequivocally support and accept a woman appointed as an incumbent and a woman appointed as a diocesan bishop in all aspect of her role, including sacramental, teaching and preaching?  Carolyn Graham (General Synod and Guildford Deanery Lay Chair)

    Answer: An unequivocal “Yes”. In the past the Church has not drawn on many of the talents of women, and it is an exciting time for the Church as it continues to remove barriers to both lay and clergy women to serve as they have been called. The continued appointment of Bishops who are women will enable the Church to use all the talents of all God’s people as we seek to grow the Church again. If elected I will look to ensure that General Synod remains mindful of the disparity that still exists in the numbers of women and men appointed to senior leadership roles.

  • Stephen Hofmeyr

    Question ​1: What is your opinion of the findings of Sir Philip Mawer in his report published on the Church of England website https://www.churchofengland.org/media/4032634/independent-reviewer-sheffield-report.pdf  on 15 September 2017; in particular, do you agree that the failings he identifies in paragraph 190 apply to the Diocese of Guildford; and if so, what action should the Diocese take? Adrian Vincent, Member of Woking Deanery Synod

    Answer: Many thanks for your question, Adrian.  Whether the failings identified by the Independent Reviewer at paragraph 190 of his Review apply to the Diocese of Guildford is a question of fact which I am not in a position to answer based on my own knowledge.  I have accordingly asked for information.  I am not personally aware of any specific initiatives that have been launched within the Diocese of Guildford although it is my understanding that all Ordinands are required to sign up to the Five Guiding Principles.  If no steps have been taken within the Diocese of Guildford, then I would agree that they should be taken; and, if Sir Philip’s recommendations are followed, resources and examples of good practice will shortly be available.

     

    Question 2: Would you personally and unequivocally support and accept a woman appointed as an incumbent and a woman appointed as a diocesan bishop in all aspect of her role, including sacramental, teaching and preaching?  Carolyn Graham (General Synod and Guildford Deanery Lay Chair)

    Answer: “Many thanks for your question, Carolyn.  My answer is “Yes"

  • Louise Morales

    Question ​1: What is your opinion of the findings of Sir Philip Mawer in his report published on the Church of England website https://www.churchofengland.org/media/4032634/independent-reviewer-sheffield-report.pdf  on 15 September 2017; in particular, do you agree that the failings he identifies in paragraph 190 apply to the Diocese of Guildford; and if so, what action should the Diocese take? Adrian Vincent, Member of Woking Deanery Synod

    Answer: The Five Guiding Principles at the heart of the 2014 Settlement shouldn’t be dominated by principle 4 rather than principles 1& 2, leaving women in the ministry feeling ignored and not listened to by those in power. The report was based on evidence taken in 2016 and only just published this September so Guildford Synod and it's representatives need the chance to digest these findings and look at ways to better start a conversation within not just the local Synod and PCCs locally but also within parishes about how the 5 principles are implemented locally. My own parish has our first female Associate minister and as the numbers of women grow within the ministry across the church, the arguments will change from how we incorporate those who do not agree with women ‘ministry to how we can all work together as good Christians to genuinely flourish. I personally think what is happening with the #MeToo campaign have brought the conversation about how mainly patriarchal leadership systems are failing society. As a Church this report is excellent and should be a starting point for the next conversation both locally and nationally and hopefully the bitterness of the Sheffield campaign will not be repeated again here in Guildford or elsewhere. Having more people like myself who are ordinary members of a congregation representing the Diocese would hopefully shine a light on how things are working in practice and where communication needs to be improved across the church.

     

    Question 2: Would you personally and unequivocally support and accept a woman appointed as an incumbent and a woman appointed as a diocesan bishop in all aspect of her role, including sacramental, teaching and preaching?  Carolyn Graham (General Synod and Guildford Deanery Lay Chair)

    Answer: "Short answer – Yes of course! Longer answer, I cannot believe God intends half the humans in the world to be excluded from any aspect of our church. We already have women in these positions elsewhere and they should be encouraged in Guildford.  As a child, (late 1970’s – which shows my age) I was the first girl in my school to join a previously boys only workshops class. Some of the staff (all male) were very disapproving of one girl among over 100 boys, but it was a fight worth having as not only did I learn to weld,  but the following year a handful of girls took workshops and decades later the options do not even mention gender. I hope the church will get to a point where gender is not an issue, only competence. Between now and then I will fully support all women who are called by God to help make those changes."

 

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Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your minds, so that you may discern what is the will of God—what is good and acceptable and perfect.

Romans 12:2

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