We weren’t always sure which Good Queen Bess you were voting for… so we counted both together. Elizabeth I (1533–1603) passed the Act of Uniformity in 1559. Elizabeth II (1926- ) is the current Queen of the United Kingdom and Supreme Governor of the Church of England.
Why Elizabeth I?
“Her faith was practical and one of action married to careful consideration. In a world of men, she used her gifts to remain the people's queen. She persevered in a world where women were chattel and needed no male heir to consolidate her deep and abiding love for the nascent English Church. In this, she was both spiritually and politically unique.”–Briony, California
“Queen Elizabeth I reigned in a time of religious turmoil in England, when there was constant strife over whether the Church in England should be Protestant or Catholic. Certain parties in England wanted the church to be a thoroughly Calvinist body. Others wanted the church to be under the authority of Rome. With the help of theologians like Richard Hooker, Queen Elizabeth formed what has come to be known as the ‘Elizabethan Settlement.’ This vision formed our identity, our ‘Via Media’ between Rome and Geneva, affirming the principles of the less radical English wing of the Protestant Reformation, as a church which is both fully Protestant and fully Catholic at the same time.”–College student, Pennsylvania
Did you know?
Famous female Anglicans and Episcopalians include - Madeleine Albright, Natalie Cole, Judy Collins, Judy Garland, Margaret Mead, Florence Nightingale, Jeanette Piccard, and Eleanor Roosevelt.