Saturday, October 8, 2016

Episcopalians mark 40 years of women being priests and bishops

From Massachusetts-

As Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton’s campaign touts putting “the biggest crack in that glass ceiling yet,” Episcopalians are marking the 40th anniversary of officially “breaking the stained-glass ceiling” that barred women from being priests and bishops.

“We are delighted to be celebrating 40 years of officialdom, but a lot of us feel like it is really 42,” said the Rev. Meredyth Ward, urban missioner in Worcester’s Main South. “It’s a wonderful celebration, nevertheless.”

In July 1974, 11 female deacons in Philadelphia were elevated to priests in the Episcopal Church. Four more were ordained on Sept. 7, 1975, in Washington, DC. The unsanctioned ordinations were deemed by the church to be invalid and remained so until official rule changes by the church’s General Convention on Sept. 16, 1976.

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