What does Flourishing mean?

*…the Church of England remains committed to enabling them to flourish within its life and structures…

* Pastoral and sacramental provision for the minority within the Church of England will be made without specifying a limit of time and in a way that maintains the highest possible degree of communion and contributes to mutual flourishing across the whole Church of England.

Extracts from 4 & 5 of the 5 Principles that Bishops set out and which have been referred to rather a lot lately


Flourish (of a living organism) grow or develop in a healthy or vigorous way, especially as the result of a particularly congenial environment.

Are we saying that a person cannot develop unless they are a bishop?

Is it a congenial environment if your boss does not think you are capable of doing your job, or even being who you are, because you are a woman, or a man ordained by a woman?

Is it a congenial environment for you if those in your care find it difficult to accept your care and your leadership?

Surely it takes both of the latter two questions to be answered for mutual flourishing to exist?

When women bishops and priests were allowed special provision was made for Episcopal oversight for those who would not accept it.  However, no special provision was made for the reverse situation.

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