Support the Café

Search our Site

The Right Reverend Barbara C. Harris, 1930-2020

The Right Reverend Barbara C. Harris, 1930-2020


Father of all, we pray to you for those we love, but see no

longer: Grant them your peace; let light perpetual shine upon

them; and, in your loving wisdom and almighty power, work

in them the good purpose of your perfect will; through Jesus

Christ our Lord. Amen.


In the midst of chaotic world news, a fierce soul has passed into life eternal. Remembrances and memorials are popping up on social media. The Diocese of Massachusetts is offering this one written by Tracy J. Sukraw. The Diocese of Massachusetts has also invited us all to leave our messages of remembrance using the form at the bottom of this page.




Café Comments?

Our comment policy requires that you use your real first and last names and provide an email address (your email will not be published). Comments that use non-PG rated language, include personal attacks, that are not provable as fact or that we deem in any way to be counter to our mission of fostering respectful dialogue will not be posted.

Oldest Most Voted
Inline Feedbacks
View all comments

I served in the House of Bishop’s secretariat during the 1991 General Convention in Phoenix. Bishop Harris was the only woman in the HoB, and at that time many of her fellow bishops wouldn’t speak to her or acknowledge the legitimacy of her ordination.
Of all the bishops with whom we worked, she was the most polite and the most fun. In those days so many bishops were stuffy, just plain arrogant and self-important. She was human and with a great sense of humor. I’ve never forgotten her.
May she rest in peace and rise in glory.

Mary Beth Butler

This picture is giving me life today!!! God bless Bishop Barbara, who said, “Don’t initiate us into the church and then PRETEND we’ve only had a half-assed baptism.”

Support the Café
Past Posts

The Episcopal Café seeks to be an independent voice, reporting and reflecting on the Episcopal Church and the Anglican tradition.  The Café is not a platform of advocacy, but it does aim to tell the story of the church from the perspective of Progressive Christianity.  Our collective sympathy, as the Café, lies with the project of widening the circle of inclusion within the church and empowering all the baptized for the role to which they have been called as followers of Christ.

The opinions expressed at the Café are those of individual contributors, and, unless otherwise noted, should not be interpreted as official statements of a parish, diocese or other organization. The art and articles that appear here remain the property of their creators.

All Content  © 2017 Episcopal Café