Thursday, July 29, 2004

30 years of women's ordination

Women's ordination: 30 ways to mark 30 years

[ENS, New York, July 27, 2004] - July 29, 2004, marks the 30th anniversary of the first ordinations of women to the priesthood in the United States, when 11 women were "irregularly" consecrated in Philadelphia. On September 16, 1976, General Convention approved the ordination of women to the priesthood and episcopate. "Women's ordination in the Episcopal Church -- as deacons, priests, and bishops -- stands on the foundation built and supported by lay women and men who understand ordination as part of the whole ministry of the church," according to the Office of Women's Ministries website [www.episcopalchurch.org/women].

Through the vision of the Executive Council Committee on the Status of Women and the facilitation of Women's Ministries at the Episcopal Church Center, materials are available to help you celebrate these last 30 years. All materials posted here may be copied freely with proper credit given.

Watch our BLOG for thity suggestions about supporting and celebrating these thirty years...one a day!

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