Michael Ingham (bishop)

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Michael Ingham
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Ingham in 2009
Occupation Anglican bishop

Michael Ingham (born 1949 in Yorkshire) is a bishop and theologian. From January 9, 1994 to August 31, 2013, he was the eighth Bishop of the Diocese of New Westminster of the Anglican Church of Canada, located in the Lower Mainland of British Columbia.[1] [2] He is married to Gwen with two daughters, Cara and Robyn.

Ingham studied at the University of Edinburgh, where he received a masters degree in politics and philosophy, and a Bachelor of Divinity degree. Subsequently, he undertook postgraduate studies at Harvard University and the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. In 1974, Ingham was ordained in the Anglican Diocese of Ottawa, and served in parishes there and in the Diocese of New Westminster before serving as principal secretary to the then-Primate of the Anglican Church of Canada, Michael Peers.

In 1992, Ingham returned to Vancouver to serve as the dean of Christ Church Cathedral, before being elected Bishop of New Westminster in 1994. Ingham is the author of two books, Rites for a New Age, an introduction to the Book of Alternative Services, and Mansions of the Spirit, focusing on interfaith dialogue. Ingham has been actively involved in inter-religious cooperation as an active member of the United Religions Initiative.

Ingham has been the subject of extensive media focus due to his diocese's decision to institute the blessing of same-sex unions, which has sparked controversy within the Anglican Communion.[3]

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