THE names of the first women elected to attend meetings of the
House of Bishops were announced on Thursday of last week.
The House of Bishops decided in February that eight senior women
clergy, elected by region, would participate in meetings of the
House until six women bishops are appointed and are able sit as of
News, 7 February).
The women elected are: for the south-west, the Archdeacon of
Wells, the Ven. Nicola Sullivan; for the north-east, the Dean of
York, the Very Revd Vivienne Faull; and for the south-east, the
Archdeacon of Hackney, the Ven. Rachel Treweek.
Archdeacon Treweek said on Friday that her appointment was "an
immense privilege": "It is my hope that those of us who have been
entrusted with the role will be part of enabling a culture
"This change will fan the flames of hopeful imagination as we
begin to prepare the ground for a Church in which, one day, both
male and female bishops will more fully reflect the good news of
the Kingdom of God.. .
"Above all else, I would want to underline my passionate
commitment to a diverse Church in which we continue to learn yet
more of what it means to deepen relationship in places of
difference as we grow in grace, trust, and respect for one
The results for the elections in the other five regions are
expected to come in over the next two weeks. The elected women are
due to take up the posts on 1 December.
The rules relating to the election of the regional
representatives are available from the Church of England's