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21st September 2006
Reader Ministry Review
The Committee for Ministry of the House of Bishops has appointed a group to review Reader Ministry.
Following the Private Member's Motion on Reader Ministry in the General Synod in February, the Archbishops' Council asked the Committee for Ministry of the House of Bishops to establish a review body to address the morale of Readers, the range of ways in which Readers can be deployed, the reasons for the under use of Readers, the areas of overlap with other lay and ordained ministry, the clarification of the roles of Readers and any necessary revision of the Canons.
The Chairman is to be the Chairman of the Central Readers' Council, Bishop Graham Dow. The members are : The Revd. Joanna Coney, Warden of Readers, Diocese of Oxford, Miss Joanna Cox, Lay Discipleship and Shared Ministry, Board of Education, Dr. Paula Gooder, Lecturer in New Testament, Queen's College Birmingham (Reader), Mr. Nigel Holmes, originator of the General Synod motion (Reader), The Ven. Christopher Lowson, Director, Ministry Division, The Revd. Alex Whitehead, Warden of Readers, Diocese of Lincoln. The CRC Secretary, Mr. Alan Wakely, is the Secretary of the Review Body. The group met for the first time in York after the July Synod. It meets next early in September and aims to send its report to the House of Bishops' meeting in January with a view to a debate in the General Synod in July 2007. Most of the work will be completed by Christmas.
The Review Group would like to hear your views. To that end you are welcome to write to the Secretary. You can contact him at the address on the inside front cover of The Reader magazine. A questionnaire will be posted on the Reader Website www.readers.cofe.anglican.org by mid-September. You can either complete the questionnaire online and email it in, or print it, complete it by hand, and post it back. The Review Group will also be sending a questionniare to all Wardens of Readers.