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 […]

Massachusetts Bishop Gayle Harris makes history in Welsh cathedral

[Episcopal News Service] As the Church in Wales prepares to enable women to become bishops, Bishop Suffragan Gayle Harris of the Episcopal Diocese of Massachusetts became the first female Anglican bishop to preside and preach in a Welsh cathedral. “The church is not just enriched by women’s ordination, it’s more enabled and empowered by women’s […]

Applications accepted for Episcopal Church delegates at 2015 United Nations meeting

[Episcopal Church Office of Public Affairs press release] Applications are being accepted for a provincial delegate and up to 20 churchwide delegates to represent The Episcopal Church at the 59th Session of the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women (UNCSW) in New York City, March 9-20, 2015. The provincial delegate and the churchwide […]

In-depth Philadelphia 11 reflections: Allison Cheek and Carter Heyward

[Episcopal News Service — Brevard, North Carolina] The Rev. Allison Cheek and the Rev. Carter Heyward reflect on the meaning and continuing challenge of the Philadelphia 11 ordinations. Cheek and Heyward were two of the 11 who were ordained without the Episcopal Church’s explicit permission on July 29, 1974. A shorter version of this video […]

Philadelphia 11 reflections: Allison Cheek and Carter Heyward

[Episcopal News Service — Brevard, North Carolina] The Rev. Allison Cheek and the Rev. Carter Heyward reflect on the meaning and continuing challenge of the Philadelphia 11 ordinations. Cheek and Heyward were two of the 11 who were ordained without the Episcopal Church’s explicit permission on July 29, 1974. A more in-depth version of this […]

Philadelphia 11 reflections: Church still learning from ordinations

Fredrica Harris Thompsett says 'look back with joy', see changes still needed

[Episcopal News Service –Phoenix, Arizona] Fredrica Harris Thompsett, the Mary Wolfe Professor Emerita of Historical Theology at the Episcopal Divinity School (EDS) in Cambridge, Massachusetts, reflects on the lessons taught to the church by the ordinations of the Philadelphia 11 40 years ago on July 29, 1974. She was the keynote speaker at a symposium […]

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 […]