Saturday, August 30, 2014

Number of women as clergy jumps for some denominations

From Chicago-

Some individual church denominations are reporting greater gains in the representation of women clergy and other ministers, but challenges remain.

Women ministers outnumber men in the Unitarian Universalist faith. They account for more than 58 percent of active ministers, up from 41 percent in 1994, according to a spokeswoman. Statistics were not available on the percent who serve in the lead role at their churches.

In the Episcopal Church, 48 percent of newly ordained clergy are women, according to a 2012 report by Church Pension Group. But employment among the newly ordained stands at 38 percent for women, compared with 62 percent for men.

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