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UPDATED: Archbishop of Canterbury Appointment: Can Someone Tell Me About These Six Voting Members?

Keep in mind from whence the 16 voting members of the Crown Nominations Commission will come:

6 members of the Diocese of Canterbury
6 members elected by General Synod [already elected]
2 members of the the House of Bishops - the Archbishop of York, and one other, or two others if the York declines
1 member of the Primates Meeting nominated not by the Primates, but by the ‘Standing Committee of the Anglican Communion
1 voting lay chairman [appointed by the Prime Minister]

Find out more about the process here.

So here are my two questions.

1) What do we know about the six members already elected by the Synod?

From the House of Laity:

Professor Glynn Harrison - Diocese of Bristol

Mrs Mary Johnston - Diocese of London

Mr Aiden Hargreaves-Smith - Diocese of London

From the House of Clergy:

The Very Revd Andrew Nunn - Diocese of Southwark

The Revd Canon Peter Spiers - Diocese of Liverpool

The Revd Canon Glyn Webster - Diocese of York

2) What do we know about the makeup of the “Vacancy in See Committee” of the Diocese of Canterbury, which elects the six representatives of the Diocese of Canterbury?

Update: A commenter, Lars, below fills us in on those who make up the Vacancy in See Committee of the Diocese of Canterbury:

Canterbury’s Vacancy in See Committee
The dean of the diocese’s cathedral
The Very Revd Dr Robert Willis
Two archdeacons
The Ven Sheila Watson - Archdeacon of Canterbury
The Ven Stephen Taylor - Archdeacon of Maidstone
The diocese’s representative members of the General Synod of the Church of England
The Ven Philip Down, The Revd Canon Clare Edwards, The Revd Canon Mark Roberts
Mr David Kemp, Miss Sally Muggeridge & Mrs Caroline Spencer
Members of the diocesan House of Bishops
Bishop of Dover The Rt Reverend Trevor Willmott (Chair)
Bishop of Ebbsfleet Jonathan Baker (PEV - will not attend?)
Bishop of Richborough Norman Banks (PEV - will not attend?) 
The chairman and two other members of the diocesan House of Clergy ?
The chairman and two other members of the diocesan House of Laity ?
Other members approved by the Bishop’s Council ?

So what do we know about these people?


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Well, for starters, proponents of church recognition of same-sex unions are professing alarm at the election of The Rev’d Glyn Webster on the panel.

This article from the Guardian quotes the Rev. Colin Coward, the head of the pro-gay lobby “Changing Attitude,” who calls Webster “cranky in the extreme” for his belief that:

  “People with unwanted SSA [same sex attraction] who seek to live in conformity with their beliefs should be free to receive appropriate and responsible practical care and counsel.

[1] Posted by Pigeon on 4-10-2012 at 04:27 PM · [top]

Andrew Nunn- Dean of Southwark Cathedral. He’s very liberal.

[2] Posted by PaulStead on 4-10-2012 at 04:53 PM · [top]

Sarah,

You may find the following article appearing in a FiFUK magazine interesting: http://trushare.com/67DEC00/DE00LOW2.htm.  Obviously the views are those of the author, an anglo-catholic priest in St Albans.  It mentions Mary Johnston. 

Ms Johnston crops up as the General Synod rep on a number of committees: The Clergy Safety Committee (which apparently relates to the safety OF clergy, not safety FROM clergy) and the London Diocesan Liturgical Group.  A busy lady.

I assume Aiden Hargreaves-Smith is the gentleman of the same name who acts as registrar of the Diocese-in-Europe and secretary to the bishop.  I have heard he is a lawyer in private practice, so perhaps try Martindale-Hubbell.  There is also someone of that name with a position at Pusey House Oxford – that might be him also.

Peter Ould had a comment about him a few years ago.  See:  http://www.peter-ould.net/2009/02/11/live-blogging-synod/

“Aiden Hargreaves-Smith (London) said he felt forced from the life of the church, labelled “extremist” simply for being traditionalist. As a lawyer he likes due process, but we need to be careful that Synod acts out of love and charity, not just getting things done. If there are genuine reservations about the starting point (the current provision for traditionalists), how can we set off on the journey confident of reaching the destination?”

[3] Posted by MichaelA on 4-10-2012 at 09:01 PM · [top]

Diocese of Liverpool is a very conservative, traditional, Anglo-Catholic diocese, right?

[4] Posted by All-Is-True on 4-10-2012 at 09:46 PM · [top]

Glyn Harrison has been mentioned on John Richardson’s blog (‘Ugley Vicar’), and seems pretty orthodox:

http://ugleyvicar.blogspot.com/2010/11/glyn-harrison-at-cdea-talks-online.html

[5] Posted by Derek Smith on 4-10-2012 at 10:46 PM · [top]

Interesting—thank you all for your comments!

So here’s what we’ve got:

From the House of Laity:

Professor Glynn Harrison - Diocese of Bristol—conservative

Mrs Mary Johnston - Diocese of London—liberal

Mr Aiden Hargreaves-Smith - Diocese of London—conservative

From the House of Clergy:

The Very Revd Andrew Nunn - Diocese of Southwark—liberal

The Revd Canon Peter Spiers - Diocese of Liverpool—unknown

The Revd Canon Glyn Webster - Diocese of York—conservative

So.

Who’s on the “Vacancy in See Committee” of the Diocese of Canterbury, which gets to elects six on the Crown Nominations Commission?

[6] Posted by Sarah on 4-11-2012 at 08:24 AM · [top]

Outline of Procedures for the Appointment of an Archbishop of Canterbury

On April 2nd Canterbury’s Vacancy in See Committee will meet for initial discussions about the production of the Description of the Diocese and Statement of Need.

A drafting committee will be formed who will be tasked with producing a draft Statement of Needs which describes the Diocese and the requirements for the new Archbishop.

At the second meeting of the Vacancy-in-See Committee on May 3rd, the Statement of Need will receive further consideration. During this meeting a vote will take place to select the six representatives who will serve on the Crown Nominations Committee.

Canterbury’s Vacancy in See Committee
The dean of the diocese’s cathedral
The Very Revd Dr Robert Willis
Two archdeacons
The Ven Sheila Watson - Archdeacon of Canterbury
The Ven Stephen Taylor - Archdeacon of Maidstone
The diocese’s representative members of the General Synod of the Church of England
The Ven Philip Down, The Revd Canon Clare Edwards, The Revd Canon Mark Roberts
Mr David Kemp, Miss Sally Muggeridge & Mrs Caroline Spencer
Members of the diocesan House of Bishops
Bishop of Dover The Rt Reverend Trevor Willmott (Chair)
Bishop of Ebbsfleet Jonathan Baker (PEV - will not attend?)
Bishop of Richborough Norman Banks (PEV - will not attend?) 
The chairman and two other members of the diocesan House of Clergy ?
The chairman and two other members of the diocesan House of Laity  ?
Other members approved by the Bishop’s Council ?

[7] Posted by Lars on 4-11-2012 at 09:42 AM · [top]

Lars—You are the man!  Thank you very much!!!

I’m going to put this list in the body of the post as well so that everybody can take note of it.

[8] Posted by Sarah on 4-11-2012 at 09:52 AM · [top]

Three lay members:

1. Sara Ann “Sally” Muggeridge is the niece of the late Malcolm Muggeridge.  This is her bio page: http://www.sallymuggeridge.com/

2. Grad photo for an honorary degree for Mrs Caroline Spencer, near the bottom of the page:  http://www.canterbury.ac.uk/support/registry/graduation/fellows/fellows09.asp

3. David Kemp: http://www.canterbury.ac.uk/AboutUs/StructureAndGovernance/Governingbody/GovBodyProfiles/David Kemp.aspx

[9] Posted by MichaelA on 4-12-2012 at 03:38 AM · [top]

1 member of the Primates Meeting nominated not by the Primates, but by the ‘Standing Committee of the Anglican Communion

Need we ask?  This doesn’t even meet the laugh test….

[10] Posted by Justin Martyr on 4-12-2012 at 03:21 PM · [top]

The contrast with the Roman Catholic Church is stark:  The Pope is not chosen but *elected* by a conclave of Cardinal-electors.  Naturally, some countries predominate, but Cardinal-electors are drawn from every continent and every region on earth. 

Thus, even when the Pope has been almost always Italian (all 46 popes from 1523 to 1978 were Italian), yet Roman Catholics knew that their local prelates had had direct input into the choice.

Currently there are 124 Cardinal-electors and these come from about 60 different countries.  Obviously Italy (25) and USA (12) are over-represented.  But after that it gets very broad: Germany (6), Spain (5), Brazil, France, India, Mexico and Poland (4 each), Canada (3) and the remaining 50 countries have 1 or 2 each.

Whereas Anglicans in 37 of the 38 provinces of the Communion will be given ONE voice among dozens in the choice of their primary leader. Its fortunate we Anglicans are such a bastion of democracy!

[11] Posted by MichaelA on 4-12-2012 at 11:16 PM · [top]

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[12] Posted by Lars on 4-27-2012 at 06:06 AM · [top]

<a > Canterbury Diocese elects six representatives to serve on the Crown Nominations Commission </a>

The Reverend Canon Clare Edwards
Mr Raymond Harris
Mr David Kemp
The Reverend Canon Mark Roberts
Mrs Caroline Spencer
The Right Reverend Trevor Willmott

[13] Posted by Lars on 5-9-2012 at 05:30 AM · [top]

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