Bishop Helen-Ann Hartley was one of several ‘inspiring women’ who were guest speakers at Harrogate Ladies College on International Women’s Day, March 8.
The school is celebrating its 125th anniversary and invited the Bishop of Ripon, together with author Joanne Harris, journalist and filmmaker, Kathleen Hawkins, Lesley O’Brien of Freight Train hauliers, and Becki Hart of the CBI International .
Bishop Helen-Ann spoke of her own role as the first female bishop in the Anglican Diocese of Leeds, and retold the story of an inspiring 12 year old Tarore of Waharoa, described as a young saint whose story has become a profound witness to the power of the gospel to bring reconciliation, healing and new beginnings for the people of Aotearoa.
Afterwards she tweeted “Thanks to Harrogate Ladies College for a great day for hospitality and welcome, and to the brilliant Joanne Harris for an inspiring talk about becoming a writer, and being awkward. #fabulous”
You can hear Bishop Helen-Ann on the subject of International Women's Day, on BBC Radio York, just after 8am next Sunday March 11th.