Magazine article The Christian Century

Church of England

Magazine article The Christian Century

Church of England

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The Church of England appointed Rachel Treweek, 52, as the next bishop of Gloucester in the southwest region of England.

Treweek will be the first woman to run a diocese. She will be one rank below archbishop and will become the first woman bishop to sit in the House of Lords, the British Parliament's Upper House.

Twenty-six "Lords Spiritual"--all Anglican and currently all male--sit in the House of Lords.

In a statement, Treweek said the appointment was "an immense joy and privilege." She said she wanted to use her new position to speak up for those who are marginalized and to be "a compassionate voice that speaks into lives and places which are hurting."

Treweek will be enthroned at Gloucester Cathedral later this year.

The announcement March 26 of Treweek's appointment came one day after Alison White, 58, was appointed to become the next suffragan bishop of Hull. …

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