Just noticed on Twitter that Rod Thomas is to be made a bishop in the Church of England.
If you don't know anything about Rod Thomas, or do not immediately grasp the significance(s) of this announcement, read the official announcement here.
This kind of appointment has been talked about.
The talk is now being walked into reality.
++Welby is obviously leading his church to be inclusive to the point where opposites are going to meet at the ends of the circle!
A smart political dude?
Or, maybe not. In the longer term, as I note some comments around the e-traps, this approach could be disastrous. Inclusion of opposites could give way to war between opposing factions.
Some comments I am seeing, along the lines of 'if we can have a 'headship' bishop, can we have one for model railway enthusiasts too, are just stupid. ++Welby's point here is not to provide for theological options in the church but to keep within the one fold distinctive flocks of sheep who might otherwise stray.
For a round up of reactions, see Thinking Anglicans.
Note the positivity of AMiE's reaction. Has ++Justin taken the sting out of recent GAFCON maneouvres re the CofE?
Via Twitter I am keeping an eye on an extraordinary Leadership Conference #LC15 taken place in London under the leadership of Nicky Gumbel and HTB. One part of the 'extraordinary' has been an interview of ++Welby and ++Nichols (Roman Catholic Cardinal and Archbishop of Westminster). A report is here, in which ++Welby underlines the power of unity.
Are we living in extraordinary ecumenical times? In this report Pope Francis welcomes a female Lutheran Archbishop of Sweden to Rome, calls her 'my sister' and says some things worth noting carefully about issues of marriage and sexuality not becoming road blocks to unity.