Lucy Winkett

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Lucy Clare Winkett (born 8 January 1968) is a British Anglican priest. She was Canon Precentor of St Paul's Cathedral, London[1] prior to her appointment in 2010 as Rector of St James's Piccadilly.[2]

With degrees in history from the University of Cambridge (Bachelor of Arts) and theology from the University of Birmingham (Master of Arts), Winkett studied further at the Royal College of Music. When she trained as an ordinand at Queen's College, Edgbaston, she was part of the BBC documentary The Calling.[3] She was ordained as a priest in 1996 and worked as a curate in the Diocese of Chelmsford.[3] In 1997, she was appointed a minor canon at St Paul's Cathedral. When her appointment was announced in February 1997, it was criticised by the cathedral's chancellor John Halliburton, who was against the ordination of women priests.[3] She was also reportedly spat at by members of the clergy at St Pauls.[4]

Winkett writes, speaks and debates on a wide range of issues reflecting on culture, gender and religion. She was a contributor to the best-selling Why I Am Still an Anglican (Continuum 2006) and to Seven Words for Three Hours (DLT 2005). She is author of "Our Sound Is Our Wound" (Continuum 2010), which was the Archbishop of Canterbury's Lent Book, and a regular contributor to Radio 4's "Thought for the Day". She is a founding advisor to Theos, a think tank launched in 2006. She serves as Chair of Governors of St Mary Magdalene Academy, Islington and of an NGO, the Amos Trust.


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