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Church of South India elects first woman bishop

From the Anglican Communion News Service:

Church of South India elects first woman bishop

The Church of South India has today appointed its first woman bishop.

The Revd Eggoni Pushpalalitha was ordained in 1983 and has most recently been a priest in the Diocese of Nadyal in Andhra Pradesh.

Her appointment comes only days after the Church of Ireland elected its first woman bishop, the Revd Pat (Patricia) Storey as the new Bishop of Meath and Kildare.

Provincial Secretary of the Church of South India, Mani M. Philip confirmed that Miss Pushpalalitha had been appointed by the Synod Selection Board this afternoon.

“We have been ordaining women since 1976,” he told ACNS, adding that in its constitution, the province mandates that at least 25 per cent of all statutory bodies should be women.

Bishop-designate Pushpalalitha is expected to be installed on Monday 30 September.

One of the 38 Member Churches of the Anglican Communion, the Church of South India is a ‘united’ Church—the result of the union of churches of varying traditions Anglican, Methodist, Congregational, Presbyterian, and Reformed. It was inaugurated in September 1947.

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TBTG! God’s blessings upon Bishop-designate Pushpalalitha and her episcopal ministry.

Father Ron Smith

More pressure on the Church of England to at last recognise Women’s Call into Leadership. The Church of South India had differences with the Church of England when it decided to ‘go it alone’ in times past. This is a signal of the C. of S.I.’s further emancipation from the hegemony of misogyny.


Wales, Ireland, India….

The CofE is looking rather silly.

Rev'd Laurence Roberts
Rev'd Laurence Roberts

Don’t forget Scotland has voted for it too !