History made as Bishop enters House of Lords

Published: October 13, 2015

Bishop RachelHistory will be made this month when the Bishop of Gloucester, the Rt Revd Rachel Treweek, becomes the first female bishop to sit in the House of Lords.

The landmark moment will see Bishop Rachel enter Parliament as one of the Lords Spiritual on Monday 26 October.

Together with the other spiritual peers, she will take up the Church of England’s responsibility to contribute a Christian voice to our legislative process.

When she enters the Upper Chamber for her Introduction, Bishop Rachel will be supported by the Archbishop of Canterbury and the Bishop of London. During the ceremony, Bishop Rachel will take the parliamentary oath before taking a place on the benches alongside Archbishop Justin and the other members. 

Bishop Rachel said: “I am looking forward to joining the Lords Spiritual and playing an active role in parliament. Through the parish system, which covers every part of England, the Church of England has a detailed understanding of what is important to people’s lives, and where transformation is most needed. This is the voice I seek to bring to the House, together with the wisdom and transformation which only comes from the Good News of Jesus Christ.”

The Rt Revd Rachel Treweek was installed as the Bishop of Gloucester on Saturday 19 September in Gloucester Cathedral.

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