Statement from the Acting Bishop of Winchester, the Rt Revd Debbie Sellin
The Acting Bishop of Winchester, the Rt Revd Debbie Sellin, has received the judgment of the Bishop’s Disciplinary Tribunal for the Diocese of Winchester that the Revd Dr Stephen Sizer has committed misconduct under the Clergy Discipline Measure. The Tribunal follows a complaint made to the Diocese of Winchester in 2018 by Mrs van der Zyl, President of the Board of Deputies of British Jews. The legal process continues and the Tribunal will now determine a Penalty.
The Church of England, together with our partners in ecumenical and interfaith working, is committed to building cohesive communities and fostering strong interfaith relations built on trust and respect. As Archbishop Justin Welby said in 2018, in a joint letter with other Christian and Jewish leaders, antisemitism has no place in our society and those in positions of power and influence must listen to concerns about it.
The Tribunal’s decision can be read in full here: https://www.churchofengland.org/about/leadership-and-governance/legal-services/clergy-discipline/tribunal-decisions