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First Black Female Bishop Ordained

Posted 342 days ago | 28.06.19

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First Black Female Bishop Ordained

The Rev Dr Rose Hudson-Wilkin, chaplain to the speaker of the House of Commons, has been named as the new Bishop of Dover. She is the first female black bishop to be ordained in the UK. The Archbishop of Canterbury said he was "absolutely delighted" by her appointment.

The Most Rev Justin Welby said she was "one of the most influential and effective ministers... through her long service as Chaplain to the Speaker of the House of Commons”. Dr Hudson-Wilkin, who is also chaplain to the Queen, led prayers at the wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle in May 2018.

Dr Hudson-Wilkin, who was born in Jamaica, said she aimed to ensure that "hope, love and justice remains at the heart of our changed lives together”.

This is symbolically important for the Church of England given the poor level of diversity, particularly in senior positions. The number of clergy who identify as of Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic has been historically very low but there has been a small increase in recent years.

But a step in the right direction, surely?

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