Communion women can help change sisters’ fate, says Anglican leader

Secretary General also challenged: Turn focus away from internal conflict

[Episcopal News Service] The secretary general of the Anglican Communion said March 16 that Anglican and Episcopal women must continue – and redouble – their work to change the fate of women and girls in their communities, including by working with their national and local governments. “Sisters, opportunities are many, but we cannot afford to […]

‘Women build peace’ but their voices and stories have been ignored

Expert: women must be allowed to claim place in 'big decision-making spaces'

[Episcopal News Service] For centuries and all over the world, women have always worked for peace and, while their skills are more needed now than ever, one peacemaker says women’s stories and their abilities have been discounted and erased. Sanam Naraghi-Anderlini, co-founder and executive director of the Washington, D.C.-based International Civil Society Action Network, told […]

Anglican, Episcopal women gather to open the 60th annual UNCSW

Theme: ‘Women’s empowerment and its link to sustainable development’

[Episcopal News Service] Examples of women’s strength, courage and “sisterhood of the suffering” can be found throughout the Bible, including in the two lectionary readings coinciding with the opening of the 60th annual United Nations Commission on the Status of Women. The March 14 readings, 2 Kings 4:18-37, where Elisha raises the Shunnamite’s son, the […]

Anglican voices at UN Commission on the Status of Women

[Anglican Communion News Service] When the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women convenes in New York next month to explore women’s empowerment and the link to sustainable development it will benefit from the experience and knowledge of some 22 Anglican women from 18 provinces. The 60th meeting of the U.N. Commission on the […]

Bishop of Newcastle Christine Hardman takes seat in House of Lords

[Anglican Communion News Service] Bishop of Newcastle Christine Hardman on Jan. 26 become the second female bishop in the Church of England to take her seat in the U.K.’s House of Lords – the upper house of the U.K. Parliament. The ceremony took place the day after her neighboring bishop secured a Lords’ victory over […]

First female priests ordained in Uruguay

[Anglican Journal] History was made in Uruguay on Nov. 22 with the first-ever ordination of women to the Anglican priesthood in the country. The Rev. Audrey Taylor Gonzalez, the Rev. Cynthia Myers Dickin and the Rev. Susana Lopez Lerena were ordained priests on the Feast of the Reign of Christ at Holy Trinity Cathedral in […]

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 […]