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Rev’d Christopher Harrison considers the recent rejection of legislation allowing women bishops, suggesting that, despite the disagreement, Christmas is a time for a common focus

Some years ago, in my last parish in Derbyshire, an elderly churchwarden told me that she had changed from being vehemently opposed to the ordination of women to being in favour of it. What had made all the difference was that she had got to know several women lay readers who took services in our church, and it began to feel perfectly natural to her that such people should be able to become priests. I thought of her when I heard about the General Synod’s vote rejecting women bishops, and was saddened by the reflection that people like her, who are prepared to change a deeply-held opinion and be open to new ways of understanding God and the Church, may be rather rare, especially on General Synod. Indeed the run-up to the vote seems to have led to a hardening of attitudes, rather than any real attempt to grow in mutual understanding.

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The meaning of Christian life

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Rev’d Christopher Harrison suggests that the Bible can help us to understand the world in which we live

A well-known course in Christian discipleship challenges us to ask ourselves, ‘What is the purpose of life?’ Most of the time we tend to be so preoccupied with the demands of daily life that we ponder on such matters only in moments of crisis, or perhaps at times of change in our lives. It is easy to be carried along so briskly through life by the flow of media stimulation, by the search for pleasure or money, or by the need to be accepted by others, that we always sidestep such questions when they rear their heads.

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