Both of Cumbria’s bishops, the Bishop of Carlisle and the Bishop of Penrith, are attending today’s consecration of the Church of England’s first woman bishop.
It follows the announcement, in December, that the Rev’d Libby Lane had been confirmed as the 8th Bishop of Stockport.
The decision has been the subject of dispute, and both bishops have expressed hope that Christian's from opposite sides of the debate will move forward with love.
Last year the Church of England's General Synod ratified the Canon to allow women to become bishops.
The Bishop of Carlisle has welcomed the news that women can now become bishops within the Church of England.
The General Synod voted in favour of the move yesterday after almost five hours of debate.
Thirty-seven bishops voted in favour with two against and one abstention, while 162 clergy approved with 25 against and four abstentions.
In the House of Laity, there were 152 votes in favour, 45 against and five abstentions.
Reverend Eleanor Hancock, a vicar in Carlisle, has spoken to TV Border of her shock and disappointment to the decision not to appoint women as bishops in the Church of England, but she says the debate has distracted people away from the work of the church. She said:
Eleanor Hancock is a vicar in Carlisle she spoke to ITV Border about her reaction to the decision not to allow women bishops in the Church of England. She said she was shocked and hurt and added:
"The thing that we have got to gets to grips with in the Church of England, and in other faith communities, is the fact that actually we are so much against discrimination in all other ways.
"We preach 'loving neighbour' and 'caring for each other' and 'equality 'and all of those kind of things and then what do we do? We treat women like second class citizens when it comes to leadership.
"In this country we actually legislate and enable and allow gender discrimination to take place within the faith community and I don't think that's acceptable any more."