Target: Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby
Goal: Praise the Church of England’s decision to allow women to become bishops
After twenty years of deliberation and two years of debate, the time has finally come for gender equality in the Church of England with women now able to become bishops. Around 75 percent of the Church of England’s 80 million members can celebrate in the Church’s decision to transform itself. With the Church of England being the largest church in the Anglican Communion, it can finally modernize.
The world can rejoice with the Church of England since the United States, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand have women bishops already, and some developing countries do as well.The first female bishop could be named by January of 2015. Although the Church ordained women as bishops in 1994, it has taken years for the Church to accept women as bishops.
Deputy Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, Nick Clegg, sees the Church’s choice as a “watershed moment” that can hopefully lead to more females in senior positions. It is yet to be seen how the decision will affect the Church of England’s unity, especially with the Synod. The Synod is a group that sticks to traditional standards of only male clergy due to the twelve apostles being male. However, the Church can be assured that it is carrying out the mission of the Church as a matter of equality.
With at least a two-thirds majority vote in the House of Bishops, House of Clergy, and the House of Laity, the measure passed for female bishops is set to be reviewed by the British Parliament. Please demonstrate your appreciation of the Church’s choice to further gender equality.
Dear Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby,
I am writing to express my congratulations for the Church of England’s achievement of voting ‘yes’ for women to become bishops. With many of the world’s nations already allowing women bishops, it was time for the Church of England to become more secular. Thankfully, the Church avoided the decision to allow parishes opposing the decision to disproportionately have male bishops over females. As the largest church in the Anglican Communion, the Church of England had to set an example.
Hopefully, this decision will lead to more women in leadership positions as it is a matter of gender equality. Thank you for being a part of this milestone and being willing to break tradition.
[Your Name Here]
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