For the bride the scene was not unusual. She was ready to walk down the aisle, but her groom had been distracted, wandering about to greet their many guests. So she shrugged and walked forward, calling “Come now, we are late.” Leah Tutu has had 60 years to grow accustomed to the ways of her famous spouse, Archbishop Desmond Tutu, fondly called “The Arch.” The couple had come to St George’s Cathedral, Cape Town, to renew their vows after 60 years of marriage. They were married in 1955. The couple’s daughter, the Rev. Canon Mpho Tutu, presided.
Now There Are Six
The Church of England now has six women in the episcopate, after two additional appointments. Ruth Worsley is to be suffragan bishop of Taunton (Diocese of Bath & Wells) and Anne Hollingsworth suffragan bishop of Aston (Birmingham). Already appointed are Libby Lane to Stockport (Chester), Alison White to Hull (York), Sarah Mullaley to Crediton (Exeter), and Rachel Treweek as diocesan bishop of Gloucester. None of these names were among those touted by media pundits as likely appointees.
Principal Becomes Bishop
The Rev. Graham Tomlin, founding Principal of St. Mellitus College, which has become one of the largest theological colleges in the Anglican Communion since it was set up in 2007, is to be Bishop of Kensington in the Diocese of London. St. Mellitus currently has 173 ordinands in training and more than 600 people taking its courses. Tomlin’s most recent book is The Widening Circle: Priesthood as God’s Way of Blessing the World, published last year. Welcoming the appointment, the Bishop of London, the Rt. Rev. Richard Chartres, said: “In his many publications and in his teaching in St. Mellitus College, Graham has demonstrated a generous orthodoxy which combines depth with clarity.”
Britain observed a midday minute’s silence July 3 for the 18 men and 12 women who were among the 38 holidaymakers murdered by an ISIS gunman near Sousse in Tunisia. The youngest casualty was 19, the oldest 80. Sporting events at Wimbledon and the Henley Regatta were delayed. The Queen and Prime Minister David Cameron paused during official duties to join the observance.