A quick peek at other traditions and the evolving role of women in organized religion is under consideration by a prolific local scribe on faith & morals.
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"But as someone who has benefitted from the ministry of ordained women, I find it sad to think about what people in faith communities that reject ordained female leadership are missing.
"The associate pastor of my congregation, for instance, recently received her doctorate of ministry degree and, the next weekend, preached this powerful sermon about respecting the right of women to make decisions for themselves. It's a sermon only a woman could have preached. A man's approach might have made some similar points but it would not have reflected a woman's personal experiences."
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The ordination of Margaret Towner, the first female pastor in my denomination, the Presbyterian Church (USA), happened in 1956 in Syracuse, N.Y. Marg, as she calls herself, still participates in church activities, though now in retirement in Florida. From time...