The Archbishop of Canterbury will issue a plea today for the Church of England to "challenge fear" within its ranks as new legislation to introduce women bishops looks on course to gain approval later this year.
The Most Rev Justin Welby is due to say that there needs to be a "cultural change" in the life of the Church to build love and trust between opposing groups.
"We have agreed and God willing we follow this through over the next few months until it is part of an agreed measure, that we will ordain women as bishops," he will say in his presidential address to the General Synod.
"At the same time we have agreed that while doing that, we want all parts of the Church to flourish. If we are to challenge fear we have to find a cultural change in the life of the Church, in the way our groups and parties work, sufficient to build love and trust."
His remarks were being made after the General Synod voted yesterday to fast track legislation which could see the first woman bishop in the Church of England selected by the end of the year.
The legislation provides for a declaration by the bishops of the Church of England outlining arrangements for traditionalists who oppose women as priests and bishops.
The last attempt to introduce women bishops was derailed by just a handful of traditionalists who voted against final approval in November 2012 amid accusations of a breakdown in trust.
The Bishop of Rochester, the Rt Rev James Langstaff, and chairman of the steering committee for the legislation, warned yesterday that the legislation still needed a two thirds majority in each of the houses of the General Synod in July to gain final approval.
"I am not in the business of counting chickens before I have got them as it were because we do not know how people will vote at the final approval vote necessarily," he said.
:: The General Synod will also hold a series of other debates on topics including the environment and safeguarding of children. A private member's motion will also call for the Girlguiding organisation to allow Guides and Brownies to be able to promise to "love my God" when making their pledge of allegiance.
There will also be a debate on relaxing the rules for clerical vestments to be worn at services.