Q&A: Bishop Suffragan Barbara Harris says, ‘people have got to live boldly’

Harris continues her calls for greater diversity in Episcopal Church

[Episcopal News Service] Now-retired Massachusetts Bishop Suffragan Barbara Harris’ historic ordained ministry has always included advocacy for the full inclusion of all people in the life of the Episcopal Church. Harris began making history with that advocacy as a lay woman on July 29, 1974. She lifted high the cross as crucifer during a service […]

Episcopal Church ready to make history with Jennifer Baskerville-Burrows

Chicago priest is set to become first black female diocesan bishop

[Episcopal News Service] Jennifer Baskerville-Burrows first tried to read the Bible when she was 8 years old. “I thought that is what I should do because I wanted to go to church so bad and nobody was taking me, so I thought I’ll read the Bible,” she said. Jennifer Baskerville-Burrows Soon to be 11th bishop, […]

Wales ordains first female bishop

[Anglican Communion News Service] The first woman to be ordained as a bishop by the Church in Wales has described her consecration at the weekend as “awe-inspiring.” The Rt. Rev. Joanna Penberthy, former rector of the Benefice of Glan Ithon in the Diocese of Swansea and Brecon, said: “I didn’t think at the beginning of […]

Provincial and Episcopal delegates named for March 2017 United Nations Commission on the Status of Women

Note: the following information is presented in English and Spanish Aviso: La siguiente información se presenta en inglés y en español Provincial and Episcopal delegates named for March 2017 United Nations Commission on the Status of Women [November 11, 2016] Presiding Bishop and Primate Michael Curry has named the provincial delegate and churchwide delegates to represent […]

Church in Wales appoints first female bishop

[Anglican Communion News Service] The Church in Wales has elected its first female bishop, a little more than three years since the province passed legislation opening the episcopate to women. The Rev. Canon Joanna Penberthy, currently rector of Glan Ithon in Llandrindod Wells, in the Diocese of Swansea and Brecon, was elected as the next bishop […]

Marking the 40th anniversary of General Convention’s approval of women’s ordination

[Episcopal News Service] Forty years ago on Sept. 16, 1976, the General Convention officially opened the Episcopal Church’s ranks of priests and bishops to women. When the House of Bishops was reminded of the anniversary at the opening of its Sept. 16 session in Detroit, Michigan, the bishops responded with a sustained standing ovation. An […]

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Two-decade wait finally over for Korean women’s ministry centre

[Anglican Communion News Service] After 20 years of prayers, hopes and fundraising, a new women’s mission center opened in Seoul, Korea, in early September. The idea for the center was first mooted in a resolution from the Anglican Church of Korea’s Women’s Forum in 1993. The project itself was launched in 1995 but it has […]

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 […]