CHURCH leaders from Burton have been invited to have their say on female bishop legislation.
The Diocese of Lichfield has invited church members to a special meeting of the Diocesan Synod to discuss the Church of England’s legislation to allow female bishops.
The meeting will take place after legislation to allow female bishops was defeated at the General Synod in November last year.
The General Synod considers and approves legislation affecting the whole of the Church of England.
Julie Jones, the diocesan secretary, said non-members of the synod would also have the chance to speak at the meeting.
She said: “Whilst diocesan synod meetings are always open to all interested parties, standing orders dictate that only members of synod can participate in the debates and subsequent voting.
“Having a special section of the meeting open to all when standing orders will be suspended will give non-members the chance to speak and express their own views.”
Once the debate has taken place standing orders will be re-imposed.
She added that speakers would have their say on what the diocese can do to help the General Synod pass the legislation while respecting those who oppose the change.
The meeting will take place at Rising Brook Baptist Church, in Stafford at 9.30am on Saturday March 16.