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Helen-Ann Hartley elected as Waikato’s first woman bishop

Helen-Ann Hartley elected as Waikato’s first woman bishop

New Zealand’s Waikato diocese has elected its first woman bishop. From the Waikato Times:

After weeks of whispering and speculation among the faithful, the Waikato’s Anglicans have chosen their first woman bishop.

The Rev Dr Helen-Ann Hartley, a former religious advisor to the BBC, was elected as the Waikato’s seventh Anglican bishop after her predecessor David Moxon headed to Rome as the Anglican Communion’s ambassador to the Vatican.

Mrs Hartley, 40, was nominated by several Hamilton based Anglicans after spending 18 months teaching at the theological college after previously completing a four month study placement here where she finished her book Making Sense of the Bible.

”I was quite properly moved and there were a few tears shed,” she said after her election.

See story here.

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David Allen

She is the bishop-elect of Waikato of the Diocese of Waikato and Taranaki. This diocese is the only Anglican Diocese in the world with two co-equal diocesan bishops. She will be the 7th bishop elected for this diocese, but she is the 6th bishop of Waikato. The Rt Revd Philip Richardson is the bishop of Taranaki. Additionally, Bishop Richardson is one of the three Archbishops and co-primate of the Anglican Church in Aotearoa, New Zealand and Polynesia, which is organized as a regional Anglican church made of three cultural streams; immigrant European, Maori and Polynesian. The Revd Hartley will also be the first women ordained a priest in the Church of England to be consecrated a bishop in the Anglican Communion.

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