To read/listen to/watch our mellifluous media, you would think the Church of England never does anything apart from squabble over women in the ministry etc.
It gets me down, because ‘they’ (the media) go on and on and on … and ignore ALL the other (positive) things that are going on in the church … and then complain that ‘all we ever talk about is …(women or gays, take your pick)’ – when it is they who are doing the talking!
In the interests of redressing the balance, the General Synod ALSO discussed the living wage.
The Archbishop of York, Dr John Sentamu together with Julia Unwin CBE Chief Executive of Joseph Rowntree Foundation /Joseph Rowntree Housing Trust earlier this month launched the UK Living Wage in York. The wage is calculated by the Centre of Research in Social Policy for the UK outside of London as £7.45. (Boris Johnson, Mayor of London, announced the new rate for London as £8.55).
The Living Wage rate is designed so that recipients have a basic quality of life for themselves and their families.
The Archbishop said: I recently sponsored a Fairness Commission in York and one of the Commissions key recommendations was to call for a Living Wage to be introduced across the city. Introducing a Living Wage recognises that people should be paid a fair wage for a fair days work. We need to value each and every person, rather than cutting adrift those unfortunate enough to find themselves at the bottom.
Paying a decent wage for our workers is a sign that as a nation publicly, privately, corporately and individually we recognise the unique contribution of others to the common good.
JRF and JRHT is committed to paying a living wage to staff working in its care homes. It is the first care provider to make this pledge. Nearly 100 companies are accredited payers of the Living Wage to their employees and contract staff.’
… and the General Synod pledged to follow this up for all church employees.
I should think so too!
And if my clerical sisters will forgive me, personally I consider this to be far more important than whether women can wear mitres.