The Commissioning of Dr Colin Podmore as Director of Forward in Faith, St Alban's Holborn, 15 April 2013
Posted on the 1st Jun 2013 in the category Events
We are not called to be another pressure group, says Bishop of Fulham
More than 300 people witnessed the commissioning of Dr Colin Podmore as Director of Forward in Faith tonight, as the former Clerk of the General Synod pledged to “work for the unity of the one holy, catholic and apostolic Church of Christ and for its mission in the world”.
Members of the organization were joined by former and current members of the General Synod and staff of the National Church Institutions, reflecting what Dr Podmore described as “the breadth of the Church of England, and our commitment to the ‘mutual flourishing’ of its diverse traditions”.
Twelve Anglo-Catholic bishops and over 40 representative priests concelebrated the mass at a packed St Alban’s Holborn, in a liturgy drawn from Common Worship and sung to the setting ‘Collegium Regale’ by Herbert Howells.
During the service, the Rt Revd Jonathan Baker, Bishop of Fulham and Chairman of Forward in Faith, promised that the charity would “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”.
Encouraging those who take a different view on the issues of the ordination of women to the priesthood and episcopate to hear the organisation’s message “with an equal love”, Bishop Jonathan’s sermon 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 by some as disloyal, a fifth column perhaps.”