- Barbara Clementine Harris
name = Barbara Clementine Harris
Episcopal Church in the United States of America
See = Massachusetts
Title = Bishop Suffragan
Period = 1989— 2003
consecration = 1989
Successor = Gayle Elizabeth Harris
ordination = 1980
date of birth = birth date and age|1930|6|12
place of birth = PhiladelphiaAnglican Portal
The Rt. Rev. Barbara Clementine Harris (born
12 June 1930in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania) was the first woman ordained a bishopin the Anglican Communion.
Harris attended the
Philadelphia High School for Girls(Class of 1948). There, she excelled in music and wrote a weekly column for the Philadelphia version of the Pittsburgh Courier called "High School Notes by Bobbi". After graduation, Harris attended the Charles Morris Price School of Advertising and Journalism in Philadelphia where she earned a Certificate in 1950.
Harris later attended
Villanova University, the Urban Theology Unit in Sheffield, England, and also graduated from the Pennsylvania Foundation for Pastoral Counseling.
Prior to her ordination to the
priesthood, Harris served as head of public relations for the Sun Oil Company.
Harris has long been active in
civil rightsissues, participating in freedom ridesand marches in the 1960s, including the march from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama, led by the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. cite web |url=http://www.episcopalarchives.org/cgi-bin/ENS/ENSpress_release.pl?pr_number=88202|title=Episcopal News Service: Press Release # 88202 |accessdate=2007-03-27 |work=Episcopal News Service] . Throughout her various careers, she has been noted for her liberal views and her outspokenness.
Her rector at the
Church of the Advocateon the north side of Philadelphia, the Rev. Paul Washington, became convinced of Harris's serious interest in seeking holy orders, and recommended her to Bishop Lyman C. Ogilby of Pennsylvania. Ogilby ordained her as a deaconin 1979 and a priest in 1980. She served as an acolytein the service in which the first eleven women were ordained priests in the Episcopal Church on 29 July 1974. She was the priest-in-charge of St. Augustine of Hippo Church in Norristown, Pennsylvaniafrom 1980-1984, served as chaplain to the Philadelphia County prisons, and also as counsel to industrial corporations for public policy issues and social concerns. She was named executive director of the Episcopal Church Publishing Company in 1984, and publisher of "The Witness" magazine. In 1988 she served as interim rector of the Church of the Advocate. [cite web |url=http://www.edow.org/diocese/bishops/harris_bio.html |title=Biography of Bishop Barbara C. Harris |accessdate=2007-03-27 |work=Episcopal Diocese of Washington |publisher=Episcopal Diocese of Washington ]
Election as bishop
She was ordained Bishop Suffragan of the Episcopal Diocese of Massachusetts on
11 February 1989. She retired from her post in Boston in 2003. She was succeeded as bishop suffragan by another African Americanwoman, Gayle Elizabeth Harris.
Currently, Harris serves as Assisting Bishop in the
Episcopal Diocese of Washington, DC, and as president of the Episcopal Church Publishing Company, publishers of "The Witness" magazine.
* [http://www.visionaryproject.com/harrisbarbara Barbara Harris' oral history video excerpts] at The National Visionary Leadership Project
*cite book |last=Harris |first=Barbara C. |title=Parting Words: A Farewell Discourse |origyear=2003 |publisher=Cowley Publications |location=Boston |isbn=1561012173
*cite book |last=Harris |first=Barbara C. |title=Beyond Powershift: Theological questions in a changing world (The Westminster Tanner-McMurrin lectures on the history and philosophy of religion at Westminster College) |origyear=1993 |publisher=Westminster College |isbn=B0006PCK34
*cite book |last=Bozzuti-Jones |first=Mark |title=Miter Fits Just Fine: A Story about the Rt. Rev. Barbara Clementine Harris: The First Woman Bishop in the Anglican Communion |origyear=2003 |publisher=Cowley Publications |location=Boston |isbn=1561012203
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