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 […]

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 […]