What difference are women bishops making?

Jul 22, 2015 by

By Caroline Wyatt, BBC: Wednesday will see the consecration of the Church of England’s most senior woman bishop so far: the first female to be in charge of a diocese. After Rachel Treweek becomes Bishop of Gloucester, she will also become the first woman bishop to sit in the House of Lords, this autumn. So how are she and the other women bishops making a difference? When I meet her ahead of her consecration, Rachel Treweek is packing up, preparing to move. She is also worrying about the...

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Church of England leadership shake up continues: Evangelical given traditionally Anglo-Catholic post

Jul 4, 2015 by

By Ruth Gledhill, Christian Today: A sixth woman bishop has been appointed in the Church of England, along with a male evangelical into a post once associated traditional Anglo-Catholicism. The Queen has approved the nomination of Dr Graham Tomlin, Dean of the phenomenally successful evangelical training college, St Mellitus, in the diocese of London, to be Bishop of Kensington. Dr Tomlin, former chaplain at Jesus College, Oxford and also former vice-principal of Wycliffe Hall, is a highly...

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Court dismisses query over women bishops

Jun 19, 2015 by

By Shiranikha Herbert, Church Times: The Court of the Vicar-General of the province of Canterbury dismissed the legal objection of the Priest-in-Charge of St George’s, Hanworth Park, London, the Revd Paul Stewart Williamson, to the election of the Archdeacon of Hackney, the Ven. Rachel Treweek, as Bishop of Gloucester. Fr Williamson had filed written particulars of objection dated 5 June 2015, and appeared at the hearing of his objection on 15 June before the Vicar-General, the Rt...

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Church of England celebrates first female diocesan bishop

Jun 17, 2015 by

By John Bingham, Telegraph: The historic Bow Bells of the City of London rang out with a more feminine tone to mark the moment a woman took charge of a Church of England diocese for the first time. In a ceremony tracing its origins to the 4th Century AD the Venerable Rachel Treweek, formerly the Archdeacon of Hackney, in east London, was pronounced Bishop of Gloucester. Although three other female clerics have been appointed as suffragan, or junior, bishops since the change in canon law came...

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Women clergy statistics released by the Church of England to Parliament

Jun 15, 2015 by

By Caroline Spelman, Anglican Ink: The number of women clergy in the Church of England has risen by a thousand over the past ten years, the Second Church Estates Commissioner, the Rt. Hon. Caroline Spelman reported on 8 June 2015, while the number of male clergy has declined by 1100. The member for Ealing, Southall, Mr. Virendra Sharma (Lab.) on 2 June 2015 asked “the right hon. Member for Meriden, representing the Church Commissioners, how many members of the clergy in each of the last 10...

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Empty pews not the end of the world, says Church of England’s newest bishop

Jun 9, 2015 by

By John Bingham, Telegraph: Declining numbers at services should not necessarily be a cause of despair for churches because people will still “encounter God” without ever taking their place in a pew, the Church of England’s newest bishop designate has insisted. Dame Sarah Mullally, the former NHS Chief Nurse for England who has been named as the next Bishop of Crediton, said clerics must recognise that young people are as likely to hear the Christian message through social media sites such as...

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