Sheffield on BBC Radio 4 Sunday programme: 5 March

same-women-of-steel-goggles-viewThe feature (00:31.28 to 43.30) on the Sunday programme begins with a report from Kevin Boucquet (31.45 to 40.30) that begins with Revd Ali Dorey from the North Sheffield Estates, after a brief comment from Ruth Gledhill, we return to North Sheffield to hear further from Ali and also from Sue Hammersley (St Mark’s Broomhill), who explains more about a bishop who is a member of The Society (of St Wilfrid and Hilda). Both Ali and Sue were at pains to point out their concern for Bishop Philip. Dawn Reynolds (35.30) also speaks from the estate.

Fr Grant Naylor (St Matthew’s, Carver Street, Sheffield) also speaks (36.00) about Bishop Philip’s track-record working with and supporting women on an ordination pathway and the reaction from Blackburn clergy who are female. Kevin Boucquet also interviews Revd Eleanor Robertshaw (Great Snaith) who also talks (37:00) about the 5 Guiding Principles and Mutual Flourishing give reason to support the nomination of a traditionalist bishop.

Then Rt Revd Martin Warner (Bishop of Chichester) from 38.15 speaks of Bishop Philip’s retreat and reflection on the situation.

Linda Woodhead then offers commentary 39.30 followed by a further comment from Ruth Gledhill. That concludes the report from Kevin Bouquet (43.30). Then the presenter of the programme Edward Stourton interviews Rt Revd Jan Macfarlane, Bishop of Repton on Mutual Flourishing and the reasons why it is appropriate to have a traditionalist bishop nominated to a See (40.30-43.30).