Our Namesake



The Barbara C. Harris Camp and Conference Center was named in honor of the Rt. Rev. Barbara C. Harris, the first woman ordained a bishop in the Anglican Communion.

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The newly consecrated Bishop Harris with the presiding bishop, Edmond Browning.


Bishop M. Thomas Shaw, SSJE and Bishop Harris at the 1998 Lambeth Conference, a gathering of the Anglican Communion’s bishops convened every 10 years by the archbishop of Canterbury. This was the first with women bishops present–11 in all.


Celebrating Holy Eucharist at the dedication of the Barbara C. Harris Camp and Conference Center in Greenfield, N.H., on June 21, 2003.  Pictured from left:  Bishop Bud Cederholm, Bishop Barbara C. Harris, Bishop M. Thomas Shaw, SSJE and Bishop Gayle E. Harris.

BCH_still from HBO documentaryBishop Harris was featured in the HBO documentary, The Black List: Volume 2. The documentary profiles some of today’s most fascinating African-Americans. From the childhood inspirations that shaped their ambitions, to the evolving American landscape they helped define, to the importance of preserving a unique cultural identity for future generations, these prominent individuals offer a unique look into the zeitgeist of black America, redefining the traditional pejorative notion of a blacklist.

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