Celebrations of 130 years of the Mothers’ Union in Ireland

[Anglican Communion News Service] The international Anglican mission agency Mothers’ Union has been present in Ireland for 130 years, and this week the anniversary was celebrated at a special service in Christ Church in Strabane. More than 400 people – mainly women – were present at the Derry and Raphoe Mothers’ Union Festival service. Read […]

Anglicans in Perth elect Kay Goldsworthy as their new archbishop

[Anglican Diocese of Perth] The Rt. Rev. Kay Goldsworthy, bishop of Gippsland, has been elected archbishop of Perth after an extensive eight-month selection process and has the honour of being the first woman elected in Australia to the role of archbishop. The Archbishop Election Committee of 10 lay people and 10 priests considered candidates from […]

First ever meeting of Mexico’s ordained women

[Anglican Communion News Service] Three quarters of the current women priests and deacons in the Anglican Church of Mexico have held a gathering to celebrate the ministry of ordained women in the province. It brought together 18 out of the province’s 25 ordained women for their first such meeting.  It took place in the city […]

Episcopal Women’s History Project conference focuses on women of color

[Episcopal News Service – Linthicum Heights, Maryland] The Rt. Rev. Jennifer L. Baskerville-Burrows was deep into her sermon, rhythmically invoking the names of a great cloud of witnesses whose presence was deeply felt by those who gathered near Baltimore this week for the Episcopal Women’s History Project conference. “You know them, women like Pauli Murray; say […]

Wellington elects its first female bishop

[Anglican Taonga] An estimated 900 worshippers packed into the Wellington Cathedral of St. Paul to celebrate the evening ordination of the Rt. Rev. Eleanor “Ellie” Sanderson as assistant bishop in the Diocese of Wellington, New Zealand. Sanderson has ministered in the Wellington diocese for 16 years, 11 of those as a priest. Full article.

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 […]

Wyoming ordains its first Native American female priest

[Diocese of Wyoming] On May 26, the Rev. Roxanne Jimerson-Friday became the first Native American woman from the Wind River Indian Reservation, in the state of Wyoming, ordained to the priesthood of the Episcopal Church. The ceremony took place at Our Father’s House Episcopal Church in Ethete, with the Rt. Rev. John S. Smylie, bishop of the […]

Female Anglican bishops speak out on gender justice

[Anglican Communion News Service] The seven female bishops of the provinces of the Anglican Church Australia and of Aotearoa, New Zealand and Polynesia have used their first ever meeting to speak out “for the well-being of girls and women across the Anglican Communion.” During the three day meeting, in the Diocese of Gippsland, to the east […]

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, […]

Women’s mentoring is focus of Thailand gathering

[Anglican Communion News Service] Eighteen women theologians from Africa and Asia began a journey of reflection and action around the theme “Women’s Mentoring for Ecumenical Leadership” in a consultation April 20-22 in Bangkok, Thailand. The meeting was convened by the World Council of Churches Department on Ecumenical Theological Education and supported by the Foundation for […]