‘I can only say that from my knowledge of the Bench of Bishops, which is considerable, I think it is inconceivable that any of the Bishops would press an ordination candidate, contrary to his conscience, to wear a stole at his ordination.’ (Archbishop Michael Ramsey in the House of Lords, July 1964)
Although Archbishops Ramsey’s declaration of liberty of conscience for Anglican ordinands may have been true in the 1960s, it is unfortunately not so today. Each year evangelical candidates in dioceses throughout the Church of England find themselves put under pressure to wear stoles at ordination.
Andrew Atherstone is tutor in history and doctrine, and Latimer research fellow, at Wycliffe Hall, Oxford. He has published widely on aspects of Anglican history and contemporary liturgy, including Clergy Robes and Mission Priorities (Grove Books, 2008).
Published May 2012: 25 pages
ISBN: 978 1 906327 08 8
Read a review here "This booklet should be required reading for all evangelical clergy and ordinands.": A review of LB10 "Scarf or Stole at Ordination?" in Churchman
A review of LB10 "Scarf or Stole at Ordination?" in Churchman
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