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2016 Annual Conference Celebrates 60 Years of Full Clergy Rights for Women
Also commemorated is the 40th anniversary of the first clergywomen delegates
The Debate That Changed the Church: 60 Years of Clergy Rights for Women
By REV. CLAYTON CHILDERS, GBCS
On May 4, 1956 the General Conference of the (then) Methodist Church meeting in Minneapolis, Minnesota, did something amazing. It changed the church’s Book of Discipline to support full clergy rights for women. And the church has never been the same since.
Despite much resistance and fears about what this might do to our churches, expressed by voices of both men and women, the General Conference, voted down compromise proposals and ended up supporting the boldest position offered – full clergy rights for women with no exceptions.
Read the full article on the United Methodist Reporter.
2016 General Commission on the Status and Role of Women
This video, produced by the General Commission on the Status and Role of Women, celebrates the 60th anniversary of full clergy rights for women and the 40th anniversary of the first clergywomen delegates. Rev. Grace Imathiu and Bishop Sharon Brown Christopher are featured in the video.
The United Methodist Church is Celebrating 60 Years of Women in Ordained Ministry
“As I look at all these clergy women, I can’t help but ask myself, ‘What would your churches have done all these years without all that goodness?’ ” noted Rev. Danielle Shroyer, Theologian-in-Residence at Journey Dallas and one of the keynote speakers at the 2016 NTC Annual Conference.