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EU Referendum Debate

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Deanery

On 3rd May parishioners from King's Cliffe and the nearby villages gathered in the Parish Church to question activists on their views on the coming In-Out Referendum on our place in the EU.

Pictured here (left to right) are Helen Harrison and Andy Mercer for 'Leave' and Kierran Murray and George Smid for 'Remain'

Missing Person

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Deanery

Andrew is the son of a Reader who has asked for maximum publicity of this video.

posted by David Teall

Award for our Web Master

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Deanery

David Teall with Sir Robin Knox-Johnston

Our Web Master developed his skills by helping to design and build a new web site for the Cruising Association. Since he was licensed as a Reader he has resigned from his position with the Association in order to concentrate on his work within his Benefice and the Deanery.

His work for the Cruising Association was recognised by the presentation of the Knight Cup by the Association's Patron Sir Robin Knox-Johnston.  The citation for the award read as follows:

"The Knight Cup is awarded for the most outstanding contribution by a CA member to the work of the CA in any sphere and was awarded to David Teall. He has been a member for over 24 years, and was responsible for many of the electronic services that the CA enjoys today. He was an active member of the Med Section for many years, and has had day to day oversight of our website Forums for more than 6 years. He was also the instigator of MedNet."

Women in the episcopate

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Deanery

Alongside all other benefices and parishes within the Peterborough Diocese, the Oundle Benefice is being asked to consider the recent events discussed at Synod. The debate in General Synod in July 2008 concerning the ordination of women to the episcopate has generated a great deal of media coverage and not a little speculation and misunderstanding. The Bishops of Peterborough and Brixworth, having discussed the matter with the Bishop’s Council, offer the following observations.

We are aware that there will be a variety of reactions to the vote in General Synod. The fact that the motion was passed by a two-thirds majority reflects a very strong affirmation of the ministry of ordained women. We are also mindful that a third of the Synod voted against it. We believe that this minority represents a significant number of people and their parishes, whose presence and ministry among us we also value and affirm. The partial and at times misleading reporting of the decision by sections of the national media has perhaps obscured the very precise wording of the Synod’s decision. While re-affirming the view of the majority that women should be admitted to the episcopate, it also affirmed that ‘special arrangements be available, within the existing structures of the Church of England, for those who as a matter of theological conviction will not be able to receive the ministry of women as bishops or priests’.

It resolved that these should be contained in a statutory national code of practice and requested that he drafting group should prepare draft legislation and a draft code of practice for the consideration of ynod in February. It will be for the Synod, and in due course our own diocesan synod, to decide hether the draft code is (to borrow the Archbishop of Canterbury’s word) ‘robust’ enough to provide assurance for those who disagree with women bishops.
We recognise that there is a great deal of work to be done before suitable legislation can be drawn up and agreed, and that discussion will be continuing for some years before it is enacted. We therefore have the space for quiet reflection and continued listening to each other before the final decision about the legislation is made.

We therefore urge everyone

• to pray for those who will be responsible for drawing up the legislation and the code of practice;
• to continue the fruitful discussions and exchanges of views that have already occurred, so that we can all grow in our understanding of each other, and work with each other, in our common task of bearing witness to Christ in the world;
• to participate fully in the process of discussion of the legislation through deanery chapters, deanery and diocesan synods; and
• to refrain from pre-emptive actions or statements before the exact details of the legislation and code of practice are published and agreed.

Finally, it remains our intention in this diocese to work for unity in mission and ministry with all priests and church members alike. By maintaining good relationships of mutual affection and respect be have the opportunity to model to the world a new way of dealing with differences and realising in our own experience our Lord’s command to ‘love one another as I have loved you’. Therefore we ask all to seek from God the grace to be charitable with one another, moderate in tone, gentle in spirit, patient in listening, gracious in dissent and supportive of all who seek to lift high the name of Jesus Christ in the world.

The Rt Revd Ian Cundy                 The Rt Revd Frank White
Bishop of Peterborough                 Bishop of Brixworth


The General Synod motion moved by the Bishop of Gloucester:
That this Synod:


a) affirm that the wish of its majority is for women to be admitted to the episcopate;
b) affirm its view that special arrangements be available, within the existing structures of the
Church of England, for those who as a matter of theological conviction will not be able to
receive the ministry of women as bishops or priests;
c) affirm that these should be contained in a statutory national code of practice to which all
concerned would be required to have regard; and
d) instruct the legislative drafting group, in consultation with the House of Bishops, to complete its work accordingly, including preparing the first draft of a code of practice, so that the Business Committee can include first consideration of the draft legislation in the agenda for the February 2009 group of sessions.

The motion was carried by a division of the three houses of Synod.
House of Bishops – For 28, Against 12, Abstentions 1
House of Clergy – For 124, Against 44, Abstentions 4
House of Laity – For 111, Against 68, Abstentions 2