From Dalston to Dover - as Rt, Revd Rose Hudson-Wilkin is installed as first black female Bishop
Professor Chris Imafidon joins leaders, & EIE pupils as Rt Revd Dr Rose Hudson-Wilkin is installed the first black female Bishop of Dover by Most Revd Justin Welby, Archbishop of Canterbury on Saturday.
By: Hannah Rivers
In front of diverse audience, The Most Revd Justin Welby, Archbishop of the Anglican communion world wide, presided over the installation ceremony of the first ever black female bishop.
The enthusiastic audience included world renowned Professor Chris Imafidon, civic leaders, local parishioners and families, fans and friends of Rt Revd Dr Rose Hudson-Wilkin. Some traveled from Dalston in east London and others came from as far as Montego Bay, Jamaica
In her first sermon as Bishop, Rt Revd Rose called for unity and equity among christian particularly her new flock. She concluded that "What if we were to recognise his presence as we seek to ensure that the resources we have been blessed with is not for amassing personal wealth but to be shared in such a way that our brothers and sisters in poverty is no longer in need?"
Earlier in her sermon, Revd Rose preached "If we are going to experience that oneness of purpose that Jesus prayed for then we will need to seek to be identified more with the name of Jesus. For too long we have been embarrassed to be associated with him. We have kept him hidden in our beautiful churches and cathedrals that we visit on our terms, for weddings, baptisms, funerals or other such special occasions like Christmas or the mandatory school service. If we are going to ignite the communities from which we come, indeed the county of Kent, then everyone of us will need to reassess our relationship with the name of Jesus."
After the service, Professor Chris Imafidon who chairs the board of the Excellence in Education programme, said "that this is more than a symbolic occasion, it represents a milestone in the history of the church, nation and the world because, only a few short years ago, the church argued about women ordination. But today we now have a black woman as bishop who God has raised to ordain men and women of all races in the most sacred place of Anglicanism. This is bigger than the American OBAMA moment. I can truly say to our girls in Dalston, Hackney or Dover that you can become anything"
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