Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Clerics vie to make history

It's a long shot, but it might happen.

Two Anglican women priests from Windsor are vying to become the first female bishop for the Huron diocese. They are among 10 candidates who are in the running. Four are women.

Rev. Kimberly Van Allen of All Saints' Anglican Church downtown and Rev. Jane Humphreys of St. Mary's in old Walkerville were nominated, and have agreed to run.

Both, however, maintain if they are unsuccessful, they are "quite content" to remain serving their own parishes. The reason is there's more than enough work for them in this city dealing with a population that has been hit hard by sudden plant closings and thousands of job losses.
"These are tough times," said Van Allen, who believes more than ever the church must step forward to aid families broken and hurt by the severe economic downturn.

"We have to respond, because downtown where I am, every day we see people looking for help and we have to respect them and listen to their needs," she said.


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