Thursday, February 17, 2011

Cyprus and the Gulf Synod agree women's ordination

From ACNS-

The Diocese of Cyprus and the Gulf will now be able to ordain women as priests and appoint them to single charge chaplaincies. The announcement was made at the annual Synod of the Diocese last week, and was warmly welcomed by members.

The bishop, Rt Rev Michael Lewis, reported that his request to have permission to ordain and appoint women had been granted by the Province of Jerusalem and the Middle East. The other dioceses of the Province: Egypt, Iran and Jerusalem will not be affected by the change.

The first ordination of a woman priest is likely to take place in June, when the Rev Catherine Dawkins, currently serving as a deacon and assistant in the Yemen chaplaincy, will be ordained in Bahrain cathedral. The diocese has one female ordinand in training.

Bishop Lewis said, “this is something that Synod has wanted to see for some time, and I am delighted to have this new opportunity. The diocese is currently advertising for a Chaplain for South East Cyprus, and it will be good to be able to invite applications from a full range of candidates.”

The diocese of Cyprus and the Gulf covers ten political jurisdictions, and operates at the interface between Anglican and Orthodox on the one hand, and between Christian and Muslim on the other. Synod congratulated Rev Andy Thompson recently moved from Kuwait to Abu Dhabi, on being awarded the MBE for his services to the communities in which he had worked, and for furthering inter-faith relations.

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