Libby Lane named as Church of England’s first female bishop

Editors’ note: Story updated at 11:40 EST Dec. 17 with statement from Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori [Church of England press release] Downing Street has announced that the new bishop of Stockport – and the first female bishop in the Church of England – will be the Rev. Libby Lane, currently vicar of St. Peter’s, […]

Episcopal Church Women board announces new scholarship

[Episcopal Church Women press release] The Episcopal Church Women (ECW) National Board Memorial Scholarship Fund was recently established with a gift of $50,000 from the board. Those women who wish to engage in graduate study in areas related to church work, special ministries, and helping professions are eligible to apply for scholarship grant awards. Scholarship […]

England: Legislation on women bishops becomes law at General Synod

[Church of England] The General Synod has today enacted the measure enabling women to be ordained as bishops in the Church of England. The formal enactment of the legislation – Amending Canon 33 – followed the vote on final approval by the synod at its meeting in July of this year. Since that time the […]

Provincial, Episcopal delegates named for 2015 United Nations meeting

[Episcopal Church Office of Public Affairs press release] Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori has named the Rev. Joan Grimm Fraser of the Diocese of Long Island to serve as the provincial delegate to represent The Episcopal Church at the 59th Session of the 2015 United Nations Commission on the Status of Women (UNCSW) meeting, March […]

Tanzania Mothers’ Union prioritizes women’s empowerment

[Anglican Communion News Service] The Mother’s Union (MU) in Tanzania is prioritizing the empowerment of women and girls in the country to “make them more independent and less subject to gender-based violence.” In an interview with ACNS, Mothers’ Union Provincial Coordinator for Tanzania, Margareth Massawa revealed that MU there is empowering women and girls with skills […]

‘Women must be heard in church and society,’ says Melanesia primate

[Anglican Church of Melanesia] The Archbishop of Melanesia, who is also the patron of the Mothers’ Union (MU), has urged MU delegates to promote the place of women in the church and society. The Most Rev. David Vunagi made the statement at the official opening of this 13th Provincial Mothers’ Union General Conference at the […]

Massachusetts Bishop Gayle Harris makes history in Welsh cathedral

[Episcopal News Service] As the Church in Wales prepares to enable women to become bishops, Bishop Suffragan Gayle Harris of the Episcopal Diocese of Massachusetts became the first female Anglican bishop to preside and preach in a Welsh cathedral. “The church is not just enriched by women’s ordination, it’s more enabled and empowered by women’s […]

Applications accepted for Episcopal Church delegates at 2015 United Nations meeting

[Episcopal Church Office of Public Affairs press release] Applications are being accepted for a provincial delegate and up to 20 churchwide delegates to represent The Episcopal Church at the 59th Session of the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women (UNCSW) in New York City, March 9-20, 2015. The provincial delegate and the churchwide […]

In-depth Philadelphia 11 reflections: Allison Cheek and Carter Heyward

[Episcopal News Service — Brevard, North Carolina] The Rev. Allison Cheek and the Rev. Carter Heyward reflect on the meaning and continuing challenge of the Philadelphia 11 ordinations. Cheek and Heyward were two of the 11 who were ordained without the Episcopal Church’s explicit permission on July 29, 1974. A shorter version of this video […]

Philadelphia 11 reflections: Allison Cheek and Carter Heyward

[Episcopal News Service — Brevard, North Carolina] The Rev. Allison Cheek and the Rev. Carter Heyward reflect on the meaning and continuing challenge of the Philadelphia 11 ordinations. Cheek and Heyward were two of the 11 who were ordained without the Episcopal Church’s explicit permission on July 29, 1974. A more in-depth version of this […]