For­ward in Faith com­mis­sion Synod Clerk

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‘FOR­WARD IN FAITH will con­tinue to speak the truth in love about those is­sues which ex­er­cise us be­cause of their im­pact, as we see it, on the unity and apos­tolic­ity of the Church’ pledged the Chair­man of For­ward in Faith, the Rt Rev Jonathan Baker, at a ser­vice to com­mis­sion Dr Colin Pod­more as the new Di­rec­tor held in St Al­ban’s, Hol­born on Mon­day.

Twelve bish­ops and over 40 priests joined in con­cel­e­brat­ing the mass for a packed con­gre­ga­tion of 300. The ser­vice, drawn from Com­mon Wor­ship, was sung to a set­ting by Her­bert How­ells.

Dr Pod­more is well known in the Church of Eng­land as a former clerk of Gen­eral Synod and the con­gre­ga­tion in­cluded mem­bers of Synod and rep­re­sen­ta­tives on na­tional Church of Eng­land in­sti­tu­tions. He promised to work for the ‘unity of the one, holy, catholic and apos­tolic Church of Christ and for its mis­sion in the world’.

In his ser­mon Bishop Baker con­ceded that many see For­ward in Faith as a pres­sure group ‘with a neg­a­tive and back­ward look­ing agenda’. He de­scribed it as be­ing like Mar­mite among ec­cle­si­as­ti­cal or­gan­i­sa­tions ‘loved and loathed in equal mea­sure’ but he urged those who dis­agreed with For­ward in Faith to hear its mes­sage with ‘equal love’.

He lamented the tragedy ‘that the Church of Eng­land should have come to this: that faith­ful Angli­cans who are in­spired by con­vic­tions which the whole of the Church still af­firms in her ti­tle deeds and car­ries in her DNA should be per­ceived as dis­loyal, a fifth col­umn per­haps.’

On Thurs­day of this week a new An­gloCatholic or­gan­i­sa­tion is due to be launched at a ser­vice at the Church of the An­nun­ci­a­tion, Mar­ble Arch, at which the cel­e­brant will be the Bishop of Ely, Stephen Con­way. To be known as ‘Angli­can Catholic Fu­ture’ it will seek to ap­peal to those who be­lieve the Catholic move­ment has con­cen­trated too much on ‘di­vi­sive is­sues’ and prom­ises di­a­logue with those ‘with whom we share a com­mon her­itage of un­der­stand­ing with the West­ern church’.

Among the speak­ers at fu­ture events are the Rev Lucy Win­kett and the Rev Chris Chivers.

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