Award for theologian

Published February 1, 2008

Mary Tanner, one of the eight presidents of the World Council of Churches, is to get one of the highest honours given by the British monarch in the Queen’s New Year’s honours list.

Ms. Tanner, an Anglican theologian, is to be created a Dame of the Order of the British Empire, for “services to the worldwide Anglican church.” The title will be formally conferred by Queen Elizabeth II or the Prince of Wales at a Buckingham Palace investiture later in the year.

Ms. Tanner was the theological secretary to the Church of England’s Board for Mission and Unity, which became the Council for Christian Unity, serving as its general secretary from 1991 until her retirement in 1998.

A damehood is the female equivalent of a knighthood and its holders are addressed as “Dame.”


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