All eyes on bishops’ benches in House of Lords as first woman takes seat

[Anglican Communion News Service] The first woman to sit as a bishop in the U.K. parliament has taken her seat. Bishops have played a formal part in the U.K. parliament since before the origins of democracy in the country. Initially as advisers to the Monarch, Anglican bishops now occupy 26 seats in the upper house […]

Pakistan diocese highlights role of women as peacebuilders

[Anglican Communion News Service] The Church of Pakistan’s Diocese of Raiwind held a three-day peace building workshop for female teachers from a number of key educational institutions of Raiwind and Lahore last month. More than 20 teachers from St. Peter’s High School, Lucie Harrison High School, and Wesleyan Schools, took part in the workshop which […]

England: Dame Sarah Mullally named as bishop of Crediton

Former nurse is fourth woman to be appointed as bishop in Church of England

[Diocese of Exeter press release] The Rev. Dame Sarah Mullally, canon treasurer at Salisbury Cathedral, will be the next bishop of Crediton, a suffragan in the Diocese of Exeter. The appointment makes her the fourth woman to be named as a bishop in the Church of England. Mullally, a former nurse, had a distinguished service […]

Canada: First female bishop for Montreal

[Anglican Journal] Mary Irwin-Gibson, dean and rector of St. George’s Anglican Cathedral in Kingston, Ont., since 2009, has been elected the first female bishop of the Anglican diocese of Montreal in its 165-year history. Irwin-Gibson, 59, who served parishes in the diocese of Montreal between 1981 and 2009, was elected bishop on a fourth ballot […]

Women bishops: Presiding Bishop speaks at Westminster Faith Debates

Women bishops: what difference does it make? Westminster Faith Debates St James’s Church, London 26 May 2015 The Most Rev. Katharine Jefferts Schori Presiding Bishop and Primate The Episcopal Church Women can bring two distinctive gifts to the episcopacy, and indeed to many forms of leadership. Their presence in leadership expands the image of what […]

Anglican UN delegation urges bold steps to gender equality

[Anglican Communion News Service] The Anglican Communion delegation to a recent U.N. meeting has lifted up the full inclusion of women at all levels of decision-making and leadership in the church as an issue for action. In a statement from the 59th Session of the UN Commission for the Status of Women (CSW59), the all-woman […]

England: First female diocesan bishop announced

[Episcopal News Service] The Ven. Rachel Treweek has been appointed as the next bishop of the Diocese of Gloucester and will become the first female to serve as a diocesan bishop in the Church of England. The news comes one day after the Rev. Alison White was named as the next bishop of Hull and […]

Anglicans gather for UN Commission on the Status of Women

[Episcopal News Service] More than 100 Anglicans are heading to New York for the 59th Session of the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women (UNCSW), meeting March 9-20. During the commission’s annual two-week session, representatives of U.N. Member States, civil society organizations and U.N. entities gather at the U.N. headquarters in New York. […]

Episcopal, Anglican women to gather in New York

Group will join 59th annual UN Commission on the Status of Women assembly

[Episcopal Church Office of Public Affairs press release] The 59th Session of the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women (UNCSW) meeting in New York City March 9 to March 20 will bring women and men from The Episcopal Church and throughout the Anglican Communion. The 2015 UNCSW theme is a review of progress […]

Episcopal Church submits written statement for 2015 UN Commission on the Status of Women

[Episcopal Church Office of Public Affairs press release] With the 2015 United Nations Commission on the Status of Women (UNCSW) meeting on the horizon, The Episcopal Church submitted its first ever official written statement to the 59th Session last October detailing persistent challenges to women’s empowerment and gender equality and offering action steps. 2015 UNCSW […]