In 2017, Archbishop Sentamu preached and Archbishop Welby presided at a packed and joyful service at Southwark Cathedral for the consecration of Revd Prebendary Dr Woyin Karowei Dorgu as the 13th Bishop of Woolwich.
At the end of the service (assisted by Bishop Wilfred Wood, the former Bishop of Croydon and the first black Bishop in the Church of England) the Archbishop of York presented to Bishop Karowei a bishop’s mitre. the mitre was made by the Sisters of St Peter at Woking for Bishop Winnington Ingram, a former Bishop of Stepney, then London. When Winnington Ingram retired he gave it back to the Sisters, who later gave it to Wilfred Wood when he became Bishop of Croydon. When Bishop Wilfred Wood retired he had given it to Dr Sentamu with the instruction that on his retirement he would pass it on to another ethnic minority Bishop.
Whilst not retiring, Dr Sentamu said he was passing on the mitre now to Bishop Woyin Karowei as a sign of hope that it will not be another twenty years before he in turn passes it on to the next minority ethnic Anglican to be made bishop.
The Committee for Minority Ethnic Anglican Concerns (CMEAC) is a committee of the Archbishops’ Council and is accountable to the Church of England’s highest decision-making body, the General Synod.