September 27, 1988 |
The election of the first woman bishop in the 450-year history of the Anglican Communion last weekend will severely test the unity of the 70-million-member worldwide body, as well as hinder reconciliation talks between Anglicans and Roman Catholics, according to church leaders. While Robert Runcie, the archbishop of Canterbury, urged the Church of England to respect the Episcopal Diocese of Massachusetts' choice of the Rev. Barbara C.
January 4, 1989
The first woman named to become a bishop in the Episcopal Church cleared a major hurdle to the position when she received the necessary votes from church committees around the country. Although current bishops also must confirm the Rev. Barbara C. Harris' election, their approval is expected, said a church spokesman.
December 2, 1989 |
Anglicans in New Zealand have elected the first woman to head a diocese anywhere in the worldwide Anglican Communion of 27 independent churches. Penelope Ann Bansall Jamieson was elected to New Zealand's Diocese of Dunedin. Jamieson, 47, has been a priest for six years and vicar of Karori West and Makara since 1986.
September 26, 1988 |
--In her first sermon since her election as the first woman bishop in the 450-year history of the Anglican Communion, the Rev. Barbara C. Harris compared the Episcopal Church's actions to the Rev. Jesse Jackson's campaigns for the presidency. Like Jackson's "Rainbow Coalition," the church's movement gives "new hope . . . and new vision to hundreds of thousands" who have felt alienated and ignored, said Harris, 58, who is black.
December 24, 1988 |
Pope John Paul II reiterated this week that the ordination of women in the Anglican Church poses "serious obstacles" to relations with the Roman Catholic Church. In a year-end address to cardinals, the Pope, speaking with "sincere pain," deplored a resolution adopted by the world's Anglican bishops in August.
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June 24, 1989 |
Orthodox Rabbi Jack Simcha Cohen, 50, spiritual leader of Congregation Shaarei Tefila in Los Angeles, was recently installed as president of the Board of Rabbis of Southern California. Not all Orthodox rabbis affiliate with the board, a 240-member body dominated by rabbis from the Reform and Conservative branches. Many ardently conservative Orthodox Jews stay apart from religious organizations they feel have deviated from traditional Judaism. Nevertheless, the rabbinical board has had Orthodox presidents in the past, usually drawn from the ranks of what some call "modern Orthodoxy," congregational-focused traditionalists who take part in broadly based Jewish community bodies despite theological differences.