Where are the Philadelphia 11 – and their ordaining bishops – now?

[Episcopal News Service] The following are summaries of the lives and work of the priests known as the Philadelphia 11 since their “irregular” ordinations on July 29, 1974. The Rev. Merrill Bittner, 67, served in the Diocese of Rochester from 1973 to 1976, including a 1973-1975 term as an associate at Episcopal Church of the […]

Philadelphia 11 ordinations marked with calls for continued justice work

40th anniversary celebration includes memories, speeches, joyous Eucharist,

An interactive timeline of the history of women’s ordination in the Anglican Communion is here. [Episcopal News Service – Philadelphia, Pennsylvania] A joyous celebration of the 40th anniversary of women’s priestly ordination on July 26 here included calls for people to realize that the dream of a more egalitarian and less patriarchal Episcopal Church – […]

Interactive timeline of the history of women’s ordination

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Video: 40 Years Ordained – 2,000 Years in Ministry sermon

Presiding Bishop preaches during Holy Eucharist celebrating first ordinations

[Episcopal News Service -- Philadelphia, Pennsylvania]  Episcopal Church Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori preaches the sermon during the July 26 celebration of the 40th anniversary of the Philadelphia 11 ordinations. the celebration took place at the Church of the Advocate, the North Philadelphia church where the ordinations were held on July 29, 19774. Video: Episcopal […]

Archbishop writes to ecumenical partners about women bishops

[Lambeth Palace] Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby has written to ecumenical partners about the General Synod’s decision to allow women to become bishops, emphasizing that churches “need each other.” An ENS article about the Church of England’s decision to enable women to serve as bishops is available here. The text of Welby’s letter, which is […]

Terrie Robinson named ACO director for women in church and society

[Anglican Communion Office press release] The Rev. Terrie Robinson, formerly networks coordinator and women’s desk officer at the Anglican Communion Office, has been named its director for women in church and society. Mrs Robinson1 has moved into the new role following a decision by the Standing Committee2 that more needs to be done to support Communion-wide […]

Church of England says ‘yes’ to women as bishops

[Episcopal News Service] The Church of England made history July 14 when its General Synod, meeting in York, approved legislation to enable women to serve as bishops, possibly by 2015. The vote ends centuries of tradition and follows more than a decade of often-emotional debate accompanied by various stages of legislative action. Before the vote, […]

England’s Synod agenda built around women bishop question

[Anglican Communion News Service] The General Synod of the Church of England meets in York in July for a five day meeting July 11-15. The agenda for the meeting was published June 20. The agenda is constructed around a sequence of legislative business on women in the episcopate. This will begin on the afternoon of […]

Zimbabwe Anglicans to Mothers’ Union: ‘We resource our own change’

[Anglican Communion News Service] Mothers’ Union leaders from around the world are this week meeting in Zimbabwe to learn how Anglicans there use the Community and Church Mobilisation Process (CCMP) to positively transform themselves and their communities. The team of thirteen drawn from various countries including the United States, the United Kingdom, Tanzania, Kenya, Zambia, […]

Archbishop’s sermon to mark 20 years of women priests in England

[Lambeth Palace] Men and women are “equally icons, witnesses, vessels of Christ for the world,” Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby said during a May 3 service at St. Paul’s Cathedral marking the 20th anniversary of female priests. Welby preached and acted as deacon at a service at St. Paul’s to mark 20 years of women […]