Tag Archives: ordination of women

the great adventure – Maude Royden

Selecting only 40 first-wave feminists is hard enough but how is possible to round off such a list?  Perhaps only by recalling one who, as a multi-faceted pioneer, crossed many different barriers and whose loving critique of the Church remains … Continue reading

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the first ordained – Constance Coltman Todd

In recent understandable Anglican excitement about female priests and bishops, it can be forgotten that other Christian traditions had ‘made a track’. Inspiration and lessons can still be learned from them… Constance Coltman (nee Todd) (1889-1969) was one of the … Continue reading

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daring to ask for women’s ordination – Ursula Roberts

Some things, such as sexuality and women’s ordination, were steered clear of by most first-wave Christian feminists.  Even when they supported changes, most held back, in the interests of nurturing more conservative support for issues which were more ‘practical politics’ … Continue reading

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from women missionaries to woman’s mission and ministry – Helen Hanson and Edith Picton-Turbervill

The connection between missionary work and first wave Christian feminism was strong.  By the turn of the 20th century, the female missionary movement was one of the leading religious movements of the day, and larger than any other mass women’s … Continue reading

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the 39th Article

The priesting of women was a momentous event, not just for the Church, but for society at large.   In the Diocese of Durham at least, it therefore seemed right – through my wife Penny Jones and my wonderful colleague … Continue reading

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christian feminism – an historical reality not an oxymoron

During the struggle for the ordination of women, it was often alleged that Christian feminism was a new-fangled distortion of historic Faith and/or a mere baptising of ‘second-wave’ secular feminism.  To read the stories of first-wave feminism is however to … Continue reading

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rejoicing – and remembering those who made the track

Today (1st March 2014) is an historic day in the Anglican Church of Australia as the Revd Dr Sarah McNeil is consecrated as the 11th Bishop of Grafton in New South Wales, the first ever female diocesan bishop in Australia.  … Continue reading

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