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Articles of note which mention the Yes 2 Women Bishops campaign

God and Politics Women bishops - surely the time has come

Thinking Anglicans yes2womenbishops - another new website

The Church Times Synod women-bishops vote appears too close to call

Ekklesia Saying 'yes' to women bishops

Fulcrum Yes2WomenBishops

The Telegraph Women Bishops will have to accept discrimination to exist

Vicky Beeching writes about Yes 2 Women Bishops in the Guardian

The Church Mouse has published two posts on women bishops (Part 1 and Part 2)

The Times The Real Vicars of Dibley and Their Struggle (£)

The Church of England Newspaper Yes2WomenBishops?

Church Times As Synod vote nears, both sides slug it out online and in print




PRESS RELEASE ISSUED 4 NOVEMBER 2012


For immediate release: Sunday 4th November 2012

Church members mobilise on social media to support a decisive vote in favour of women bishops

Ahead of the crucial vote on women bishops at the upcoming meeting of the General Synod of the Church of England, church members are mobilising on social media sites Facebook and Twitter to encourage Synod members to vote YES.

The Yes 2 Women Bishops initiative was launched by the popular blogger The Church Mouse. It is already attracting huge support from ordinary church members who have so far had no say in the lengthy process of drafting and introducing the legislation.

Yes 2 Women Bishops was born out of discussions on the social media site Twitter, and now has a website which lets church members email their General Synod representatives and urge them to vote YES to women bishops in November.
The Church Mouse said, "Rowan Williams launched a campaign called 'Enough Waiting' to encourage a YES vote in November, as it is believed the vote will be close.  Chatting about the issues on Twitter, it was clear that many people wanted to get involved.  A few tweets later, and we had a campaign mobilised. I was inundated with offers of support to help get the word out. A few days later and we had engaged hundreds of supporters to spread the word."

General Synod member Rebecca Swinson has been helping the campaign and commented on the idea behind it, "We don't want to re-hash the arguments for women bishops, or to debate the merits of the legislation as presented.  Those debates have already been had.  We want to provide an opportunity for those who have watched the debate and concluded that they want General Synod to pass the legislation to have their voice heard."

Theologian and social media expert Vicky Beeching said, "This is an example of the social media 'digital revolution' in full flow; giving a voice to the people, a sense of standing together, and a direct channel to appeal to the decision makers. Our 'Web 2.0' world gives everyone the potential to have a voice. We need 'Church 2.0' where all those in the pews get to have a say on important matters. Hopefully, Synod members will listen to what these church members are saying."

Other high profile supporters include Jody Stowell from the evangelical group Fulcrum and Graham Kings, Bishop of Sherborne.

Contacts:
Jody Stowell jody@radical-disciple.org.uk or @rad_disciple
Vicky Beeching vicky@vickybeeching.com (www.vickybeeching.com) or @vickybeeching
Bishop Graham Kings can be contacted at gsherborne@salisbury.anglican.org or @bishopsherborne
The Church Mouse churchmousepublishing@gmail.com or @thechurchmouse

Notes to editors:

1. On 20 November, General Synod will undertake the final vote on whether to admit women bishops. The background to this can be found on the Church of England website at http://www.churchofengland.org/our-views/women-bishops.aspx

 
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