A woman of Fort Worth, but not a woman in Fort Worth

Barbi Click explains that she had to leave Jack Iker's diocese to follow her vocation:

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Groups, bloggers sound off on Glasspool election

The Episcopal Women's Caucus celebrated the results of elections for suffragan bishops yesterday and Friday in the Diocese of Los Angeles.

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How religion shapes the narrative of violence against women

Nicholas Kristof looks to Jimmy Carter and The Elders for answers to the question of how religion has helped to create violence in the lives of generations of women.

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Human Trafficking Day

Today is the world-wide observance of Human Trafficking day, an attempt to draw attention to the increasing problem of slavery, sexual trafficking and child labor. The Lutherans have some very helpful resources posted that are appropriate for congregational use.

From their site:

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Trust women

International Women's Day today

Washington Post reports on International Women's Day, today, March 8.

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Marys need small groups

Penny Long Marler observes,

According to the Faith Communities Today project (2008), 87% of women clergy (as compared to 71% of men) say that they have participated in a small peer group for continuing education and support in the past five years.

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"Disappointment": Maggi Dawn reports on reactions to "Mitregate"

Maggi Dawn is a Cambridge based theologian, scholar, College fellow and author. She's the author of a widely read blog in the U.K. She's posted a synopsis of the events of this past week following the news of the experience of the Presiding Bishop during her visit to Southwark Cathedral.

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Choose your own bishop: Williams, Sentamu tell anti-female forces

Updated: Thinking Anglicans rounds up the media reports.

Thinking Anglicans has the story about a joint amendment proposed this morning to legislation permitting women to become bishops in the Church of England. The Church of England's General Synod meets July 9-13.The archbishops released a statement that is excerpted below.

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The boldness of religious women

Sister Joan Chittister reminds us that nuns and other "religious women" are among the boldest and unmanageable of Christian revolutionaries:

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Women's rights and empowerment: a profoundly religious journey

Katherine Marshall of the Berkley Center for Religion, Peace, & World Affairs and the World Faiths Development Dialogue writes of the spiritual nature of female religious and women's groups to boldly secure peace and work for women's rights.

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The future of female clergy in the C of E?

What is the future of female clergy in the Church of England? The General Synod meeting this weekend may give some signs about an answer to the question:

Female bishops decision in the balance
Concessions to traditionalists at General Synod could drive out female clergy, campaigners warn

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Are women dangerous?

Spiegel reports on the results of Norway's mandate that private corporate boards have a quota of at least 40 percent women. The law went into effect in 2004 and has is subject of a study by Aagoth Storvik and Mari Teigen of the Institute for Social Research in Oslo:

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Depressing news for women this week

Mary Ann Sieghart, comments in The Independent on a depressing week for women:

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Celebrating the Philadelphia 11

Today is the anniversary of the ordination of the Philadelphia Eleven on July 29, 1974.

We send out a Hip-Hip Hooray to them and to the Church!

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Thistle Farms: a ministry among abused women

Religion and Ethics Newsweekly reports on the wonderful work being done at Thistle Farm, an Episcopal ministry in Nashville, Tennessee:

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South African primate wants to consecrate women bishops

The Archbishop of Cape Town, the Most Revd. Thabo Makgoba, said yesterday that one of his dreams during his term of office was to consecrate the Church's first woman bishop.

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Michelle Obama, PB to speak at The Women's Conference

USA Today reports that Michelle Obama and Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori will be among the speakers at The Women's Conference:

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Presiding Bishop's name appears on 'powerful women' list

Appearing on a Fortune list that includes Oprah, Lady GaGa, Ellen DeGeneres, and Michelle Obama, we find the name of The Episcopal Church's Presiding Bishop, Katharine Jefferts Schori, listed as a powerful female voice in the category of religion.

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"Pink Smoke Over the Vatican" highlights the women priest movement

On September 18th, the Women's Ordination Conference had the first showing of the one-hour documentary "Pink Smoke Over the Vatican," a one-hour documentary on the women priest movement:

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Women breaking stained glass ceiling?

Women leaders in religious life are emerging in all faiths and denominations according a new book discussed in The Huffington Post. Maureen Fiedler, host of Interfaith Voices and author of Breaking Through the Stained Glass Ceiling writes:

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40 years of women deputies at GC

The Diocese of Atlanta will celebrate the 40th Anniversary of women deputies to General Convention with a special presentation for Lueta E. Bailey, given by Dr. Bonnie Anderson, president of the Episcopal Church’s House Deputies. Bailey was one of the first women deputies to General Convention in 1970.

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Uruguay votes to leave Southern Cone

From Anglican Communion News Service:

One week after a proposal to allow dioceses to individually permit women's ordination to the priesthood was turned down by the Tenth Synod of the Province of the Southern Cone, the Diocese of Uruguay has voted to seek another jurisdiction with which to share its ministry.

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16 days of activism against gender violence

This week begins the internationally observed program of activism against gender violence. The Episcopal Church Women (ECW), the Episcopal Women's Caucus (EWC) and the Anglican Women's Empowerment (AWE) are all partners in this effort.

Elizabeth Kaeton writes of the program:

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The UN, the Bible, the Church, 16 Days against gender violence

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December 1, 2010 - Day 7 of the 16 Days Against Gender Violence.

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"Clergy Women: An Uphill Calling"

A group of sociologists associated with Hartford Seminary has published the results of study of clergy women in the Presbyterian Church that revisits a study done in 1993-1994 to see what is now different in their career and career paths.

The conclusions of the most recent study are presented in 5-fold order:

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Stained glass ceiling still in place for women

The Committee on the Status of Women has issued a news release noting their concerns about the Called to Serve Survey Report and plan to develop a "Search Toolkit" for women clergy and search committees:

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100th Anniversary International Women's Day

According to the United Nations 2011 year marks the 100th anniversary of International Women’s Day. T

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Moving on, but still on mission

The Society of St. Margaret, an Episcopal religious women's order with a longstanding presence in the Boston area, is involved in a fascinating process of relocation.

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Mary Michael Simpson, women's ordination pioneer, remembered

The Rev Canon Mary Michael Simpson, OSH died Wednesday in Augusta GA. She was one of the first women ordained in the Episcopal Church and was the first woman to preach at Westminster Abbey.

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Happy Anniversary: ordination of women in the Episcopal Church

The first women were ordained priests in the Episcopal Church on July 29, 1974, though General Convention had not yet passed a resolution. The "Philadelphia 11," Merrill Bittner, Alla Bozarth-Campbell, Alison Cheek, Emily Hewitt, Carter Heyward, Suzanne Hiatt, Marie Moorefield Fleisher, Jeannette Piccard, Betty Bone Schiess, Katrina Martha Swanson, and Nancy Hatch Wittig, were ordained by Bishops Daniel Corrigan, Robert L. DeWitt, Edward R. Welles, assisted by Antonio Ramos.

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Losing my religion...
women drop out of church

Barna Group has been conduction tracking surveys on women and men and religion for 20 years. New analysis of that data shows a decline of interest in church by women.

Women and Faith

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Get those girls off the altar

This just in from The Arizona Republic:

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The girlfriends' clergy companion

When I started seminary and began envisioning myself as a clergyperson, I started looking at the style of women pastors, particularly women head pastors. And I noticed that virtually without exception, they had “The Haircut.” The Don’t-Think-of-Me-as-a-Woman-Think-of-Me-as-a-Pastor haircut.

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Harassment and why women are angry

Lauren Ashburn, of the Daily Beast, reports on A Flood of Harassment Horror Stories After the Herman Cain Allegations:

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Wives of newly minted Catholic priests be careful

Sara Ritchey of the University of Louisiana, Lafayette, looks at the medieval tradition and the current state of Roman Catholicism and advises the wives of former Anglican clergy who become Roman Catholic priests to be very, very careful. Because underneath the doctrine of mandatory priestly celibacy is an understanding of human nature that fundamentally hostile to women.

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International Women's Day

Today is International Women's Day. Some stories and photos:

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Women of color and the current political landscape

March 16, 7:30 p.m. (EDT) on WGBH's World Channel Basic Black presents a panel discussion, Women of color: left out of the "Women's Agenda?":

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Where have all the women gone?

Christian Post's (an evangelical Christian news source) blog, Eve's Voice, reviews the book, The Resignation of Eve: what if Adam's rib is no longer willing to be the church's backbone? by Jim Henderson.

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Is God a girl?

Bettany Hughes asks "Who knows whether God is a girl?" in The Telegraph today:

Bettany Hughes, an expert in ancient history, claimed that Christianity “was originally a faith where the female of the species held sway”.

To oppose the ordination of women bishops in the Church of England is to deny the central role women played in the foundations of the faith, said Hughes.

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"Put women back into Holy Week"

Episcopal priest, writer and "modern mystic" Cynthia Bourgeault had an epiphany last year on Palm Sunday. She noticed that nowhere in the gospel account of Passion read that day did the word "love" appear. And that Mary Magdalene remained voiceless throughout the entire reading in spite of the fact that she and other women remained with Jesus throughout his ordeal.

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Christianity Is Not Bad For Women

The Rt. Rev. Mary Douglas Glasspool, Bishop Suffragan of the Episcopal Diocese of Los Angeles, wrote this for the Huffington Post Religion blog:

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Reactions to English HoB statement on women bishops

Yesterday the Church of England's House of Bishops released their draft legislation on the next steps to ordaining women priests to the episcopate in England. There's been a great deal of comment overnight. Not much of it has been favorable.

Women and the Church released this statement

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Biblical girls make the big time

Mary E. Hunt, writing at Feminist Studies in Religion reviews Biblical Girl: Eve’s Big Fat Family Reunion:

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The top ten myths about women (and the heroes who bust them)

CARE has an interactive feature to their website on the myths people cling to hold women back and the "heroes" who have changed perceptions:

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WATCH London on the amendments to legislation on women bishops

Updated Thinking Anglicans has a statement from the National WATCH committee here.

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Celebrating the Philadelphia 11 on their 38th anniversary

Today is the 38th anniversary of the ordinations of the Philadelphia Eleven, the first women ordained in the Episcopal Church. Louie Crew has written a open for the occasion.

Let Us Now Praise Caustic Persons

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Church seeks input to shape role in UN's "Status of Women" meeting

From the Episcopal Church's Office of Public Affairs:

[August 6, 2012] The Episcopal Church, joining with other advocacy partners, is requesting input from members across the church in ascertaining information that will form the foundation of the church’s presence and participation at the 2013 United Nations Commission on the Status of Women (UNCSW) meeting.

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Catholic nuns gather to discern path forward

Catholic nuns maligned by the Vatican are gathering this week in St. Louis. From the National Catholic Reporter:

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Akin & Augustine: Scholars muse about early church views on rape

What does Rep. Todd Akin (R-MO) have in common with St. Augustine? More than you might think. Scholars Thomas Laqueur and Virginia Burrus chatted via e-mail with Sarah Morice-Brubaker of Religion Dispatches about what Augustine and other leaders of the early church had to say about rape. Laqueur notes that when he first heard Akin's comments about "legitimate rape" and a woman's ability to "shut that whole thing down," his first thought was "Good God, ... seventeenth-century forensic medicine is alive and well in Missouri. There must be a folk tradition that quietly perpetuates these views beneath the surface of science." Burrus had this to say:

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Hildegard of Bingen to be made "Doctor of the Church"

Carl McColman, writing at Patheos discusses the upcoming elevation of Hildegard of Bingen as a "doctor of the church."

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On being a feminist

Rachel Held Evans writes about being a feminist in her blog item, "Confessions of an accidental feminist":

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Priest promotes progress on women bishops in Church of England

The Rev. Janet Appleby has drafted an amendment that has received overwhelming support in the House of Bishops regarding the issue of women bishops in the Church of England.

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Family planning as a moral and religious imperative

The Religious Institute has begun a campaign to obtain thousands of religious leaders’ endorsements of family planning and to make universal access available to all women.

The group is asking for clergy to endorse their new "Open Letter to Religious Leaders on Family Planning," which is "a multifaith call for religious leaders to support family planning from a faith-based perspective."

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What were women doing in the church in ????

Episcopal Women's History Project has published snapshots of women in the Episcopal Church in various eras from 1655 to 2005:

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Roman Catholic bishop advocates ordaining women to the diaconate

The Most Rev. Emil A. Wcela, a retired Roman Catholic bishop, says women should be ordained to the diaconate--and, no, this is not a slippery slope.

Writing in America, he says:

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International Day of the Girl

Yesterday marked the first ever ‘International Day of the Girl’. A Day designated by the United Nations to promote the education, protection and nurturing of girls, while overcoming discrimination against girls, so that they may flourish and contribute to their communities and to the world.

ACNS:

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AWE Pilots the First Indaba For Women

Anglican Women's Empower will pilots the first Indaba for women just ahead of the United Nation’s Commission on the Status of Women meeting in New York in 2013.

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Church of England on eve of decisive vote on women as bishops

The Church of England may well vote tomorrow on controversial legislation that would finally permit women to be ordained as bishops, although not in precisely the same way that men are bishops, because the authority of male bishops has not been shaped to placate those who do not believe that men should be bishops in the first place.

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Parliament pushes back on CoE bishop decision

UPDATE: see below
Frank Field, a member of Parliament in the UK has tabled a bill to make it illegal to discriminate against women in the Church of England:

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Rationale of supporters who voted against women bishops in CofE

According to a letter published today in the Times of London, 12 supporters of women bishops voted against allowing them to serve in the Church of England. This was enough to make a difference in the outcome. Subscribers to the Times may read the letter, signed by eight of those supporters, here. Thinking Anglicans provides these details:

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Gender equality and people of faith

Global Agenda, the magazine of the International Herald Tribune, invited nine contributors to explore the question: "What does Gender Equality mean?"

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Diocese of Bristol votes no confidence in Synod vote on women in the episcopate

The Church of England Diocese of Bristol passed a vote of no confidence in the ability of the General Synod of the Church of England to effect the clear will of the majority of Church members in relation to women bishops:

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A calling card for the Episcopal Church?

Here is the Facebook page of the Episcopal Diocese of Quincy, where my business partner and I had the pleasure of giving a communications workshop on Saturday. You'll notice that the cover photo features Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori and another woman giving Holy Communion. (PS: why not "like" it while you are in the neighborhood.)

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A problematic equality

Mary Hunt, writing on Religion Dispatches, reflects on the elimination of the barrier to women serving in combat. She compares the move by the Pentagon with another institution that prevents women from serving in front-line roles--the Roman Catholic Church.

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All Saints Pasadena against violence against women

All Saints Episcopal Church in Pasadena CA stands and dances with One Billion Rising against violence against women. On Billion Rising is calling for strikes and demonstrations around the globe to rise up to end violence against women. One of All Saints members, Tena Clark, wrote the song they're using.

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Super Bowl Sunday is also Sex Trafficking Sunday

Sarah Dreier, legislative representative for international policy for the Episcopal Church's Office of Government Relations and the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America's Washington Office, writes:

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Church of England bishops to include women at meetings

From Thinking Anglicans
The House of Bishops of the Church of England put out a statement on the progress towards women in the episcopacy:

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One billion rising

Ekklesia reports on a flash mob by One Billion Rising in the Geneva Ecumenical Centre:

A flash mob erupted in the cafeteria at the Ecumenical Centre in Geneva, Switzerland, on 14 February 2013, as part of the One Billion Rising initiative.

At 12.30pm people scattered throughout the lunch crowd suddenly left their tables and broke into dance. Twenty dancers, wearing bright pink and purple, performed to a song condemning violence against women.

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‘Protect me, my sister, my mother, my aunties, my grandma'

Sarah Eagle Heart, staff officer for Indigenous Ministries of The Episcopal Church, offers a heartfelt plea for support of the Violence Against Women Act, and shares important perspective about how violence affects Native American families:

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Ending violence against women is the first step towards equality

Bangladeshi diplomat Ambassador Anwarul K. Chowdhury will be telling Anglican women from around the world that the end of violence against women is only one step in ensuring gender equality.

ACNS:

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Roman Catholic Archbishop favors ordination of women deacons

On his Facebook page, Jesuit priest James Martin notes that Germany's top Roman Catholic has come out in favor of allowing women to become deacons in the church.

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Mother's Day and church

The high holy day of Hallmark™ is nearly upon us. Amy Young, writing at the Messy Middle, offers so advice for clergy negotiating these dangerous waters:

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Two months in, first woman dean of Wales cathedral resigns

Just two months into the job, the first female dean of Llandaff Cathedral in Wales has resigned. Apparently she encountered a certain amount of resistance to the idea of a woman in this position. From WalesOnline:

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The radical history of Mother's Day

Diana Butler Bass reminds us of the history of Mother's Day - before it became the high holy day of Hallmark™. From Huffington Post:

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Church of England moving in slow motion toward making women bishops

The Church Times: The House of Bishops will bring a motion to the General Synod on Monday 8 July requesting the drafting of new legislation for women bishops in time for November, so that the process can be concluded in 2015.

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Malala at the UN: My soul is telling me, be peaceful and love everyone.

Malala Yousufzai, the 16-year-old Pakistani education activist who survived a Taliban assassination attempt in October 2012, spoke to the Youth Assembly of the United Nations today. It was her first public address since she was shot in the head last fall. Her text, which includes the following excerpt, is here. She said:

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In church leadership, are women undermining women?

Writing for Patheos, the Rev. Frederick William Schmidt suggests that one of the principal challenges facing women in positions of leadership in the church are other women who work to undermine them.

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Philadelphia 11 priest retires

The Rev. Alison Cheek, one of the first eleven women ordained in The Episcopal Church, is retiring from parish work according to The Bangor Daily:

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Women clergy: Always an associate?

The Young Clergy Women Project, Fidelia, discusses the costs and promises of being an associate:

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Magdalene in Nashville

Odyssey Networks is featuring this video from Thistle Farms on its homepage today. It focuses on the excellent work being done by the Rev. Becca Stevens, an Episcopal priest in Nashville and her staff. The editors write:

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Catholic nuns continue to resist 'reforms'

Despite attempts by the Vatican to rein in women's religious orders, Catholic Religious Women continue claim to the right to ‘faithful dissent.'

Ekklesia:

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First woman Deputy to GC Lueta Bailey on PB John Hines and UTO

Lueta Bailey, first woman seated as a Deputy to General Convention in 1970 tells the story of how the Episcopal Church Women responded to a request from Presiding Bishop John Hines for three million dollars from UTO in 1967 for the General Convention Special Program ("This is an excerpt from a forthcoming film about Bishop John Hines with the working title "Justice is the Corporate Face of Love" by Charles and Robin Sumners.):

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A continuing UTO board member makes a case for change

One of the difficulties in making sense of the dispute that caused four members of the board of the United Thank Offering to resign in protest over revisions to their bylaws and a new memorandum of understanding drafted by staff members of the Church Center staff is that few of the remaining members of the UTO board have had much to say in public.

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Violence against women shockingly common

What is your church doing about violence against women? Often violence is justified by religious teaching of all faiths. Can church be part of the solution? NPR reviews a current report on violence against women:

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U. S. Catholic bishops want contraception exemptions in continuing resolution

Think Progress is reporting that: "One week before House Republicans shut down the government in an effort to force President Obama to enact many of their preferred policies, the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops wrote House members requesting that the government be shut down — and potentially that the nation be forced into default — unless religious employers were given a special right to deny birth control coverage to their employees."

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International Day of the Girl Child

This week featured the International Day of the Girl Child, October 11. Anglican Communion News Service provides a liturgy for the celebration. Global Partnerships of the Episcopal Church reports:

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Do try this at home - Thistle Farms inspires nationwide movement

I just returned from the first national conference presented by Thistle Farms, the amazing Nashville-based ministry launched by the Rev. Becca Stevens to help women recover from lives of prostitution, drug addiction and abuse. Most of the 250 attendees were women, from all over the country, hoping in some way to create or bolster programs back home based on the Thistle Farms/Magdalene model. From Episcopal News Service:

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Speak out against gender violence

November 24, Episcopal Relief and Development is urging churches to join in speaking out against gender violence:

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Women and the Episcopate around the world

The Diocese of Grafton in Australia has elected the Rev Dr. Sarah Macneil as bishop. Dr. Macneil will be the first woman to serve as diocesan bishop in Australia, 3 other women have served assistant or suffragan bishops in Australia. Sydney has the report:

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Church of England votes on process to allow vote on women in the Episcopate

UPDATED: Archbishop of Canterbury statement below:

Thinking Anglicans rounds up the debate and vote on the package of proposals and principals that will hopefully lead to allowing women to serve as Bishops.

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16 Days of Activism, campaign against gender violence, begins today

From the Global Partnerships blog of the Episcopal Church:

Today, November 25th, we invite you to join us in prayer and meditation for the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women, the first of the annual 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence, an international campaign that began in 1991 at the Center for Women’s Global Leadership at Rutgers University.

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How donkeys and plows help curb gender-based violence

The Episcopal Church is in the midst of supporting 16 days of activism against gender-based violence, and the Rev. Gay Clark Jennings, president of the church's House of Deputies says the campaign has put her in mind of donkeys. And plows.

"What do the donkeys and plows have to do with ending gender-based violence?" she asks.

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The violence of words and attitudes

There is a particular sort of violence encountered by women who work in the church,
writes Laurie Brock at the blog of the Episcopal Church's Global Partnerships blog:

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$20 helps buy health insurance for women at Magdalene St. Louis

I received this email from Dean Mike Kinman at Christ Church Cathedral in St. Louis this morning, and with his permission, am passing it on. Please consider supporting Magdalene St. Louis.

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Fighting human trafficking at the Super Bowl and beyond

The NFL playoffs, particularly the two weeks leading up to the Super Bowl, are high season for human trafficking. But trafficking is a year round problem, one the Rev. Brian McVey of Davenport, Iowa has devoted himself to fighting. Rekha Basu of the DesMoines Register writes:

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Why are women underrepresented in leadership

An exploration of reasons why women have not become leaders in academia by Louise Morley in Lost Leaders: women in the global academy in University World News:

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The rabbi is a pioneer

A new rabbi has been chosen to serve New York City's Midtown Synagogue. As an Asian American woman her selection breaks through many stereotypes according to The Wall Street Journal:

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70th ordination anniversary of Florence Li Tim-Oi

Seventy years ago Florence Li Tim-Oi was the first woman to be ordained a priest in the Anglican Communion.

ittakesonewoman.org:

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'Generation A' - The women who keep our churches going

Who really keeps tradition strong in our churches? Who does most of the work to keep our churches going? The women of "Generation A," according to this piece in the Anglican newspaper Church Times:

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Feminism and faith across religions

Four women working within their particular traditions to stop using religion to suppress women and instead to see faith as a way to inspire and empower equality for women.

Buzzfeed:

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Birth control on next week's Supreme Court docket

The U. S. Supreme Court will hear arguments next Tuesday in two cases that could help determine how and whether millions of American women will be able to obtain contraceptives.

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Five reasons you need a female rector

Christian Piatt writes at On Faith:

My wife has been a senior pastor for the past 10 years. In that time, I’ve seen plenty of situations in which her gender worked against her. There was the man at the church where she guest-preached who, with a straight face, told her she did a pretty good job “for a girl.”

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CofE priest shadows Episcopal bishops

The Rev. Sue Pinnington is on a five-week mission to compile a job description for a post she’s currently not able to have: bishop.

Pennington, a priest in the Church of England, is in the US observing Bishops in action to develop models for how women will serve as Bishops when that comes to pass in her own church.

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English fashion designer launches clerical line for women

A London-trained fashion designer has launched a new range of clerical wear for women in the Church of England.

RNS:

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#YesAllBiblicalWomen

Elizabeth Dias of Time is monitoring an intriguing hashtag. She writes:

The shooting spree in Santa Barbara, Calif. on Friday–and suspect Elliot Rodger’s manifesto against women that appears to have been behind it–prompted an online conversation critiquing the beliefs society instills in men about women.

But alongside the #YesAllWomen hashtag cropped up another one–#YesAllBiblicalWomen–as people began imagining the way the women of the Bible would contribute to the #YesAllWomen conversation if they could speak today.

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The Pastoral is Political: On "Bossy Girls" and the Church

In a post on RevGalBlogPals, the Rev. Terri C. Pilarski shares some thoughts on leadership in a progressive Episcopal parish and "bossy girls in the church":

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Can restrictions on abortion clinic demonstrations pass Supreme Court muster?

The Boston Globe:

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My "affair" with a youth pastor

The survivor of an abusive sexual relationship has written a powerful essay about her experience for On Faith.

The pseudonymous Marie Jensen writes:

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Women will soon be bishops in the Church of England

The General Synod of the Church of England has approved legislation that will allow women to be appointed bishops. The Huffington Post has a brief story, and we will be updating it as the day goes on.

The BBC has also filed a story.

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Video: Archbishop Welby talks about the vote to allow female bishops

The Most Rev. Justin Welby, Archbishop of Canterbury appeared on the BBC's Newsnight program to talk about the Church of England's decision to ordain women as bishops.

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"Like a girl" and "Not sorry"

Two recent videos with product ties challenge culture norms:

Lauren Greenfield directed a short video commissioned by Always. "Like a Girl" was seen as a social experiment: and Greenfield wrote about it in The Telegraph.

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Still a long road to equality

Muriel Porter writes that even with the Church of England opening the door to women bishops this week, there is still much to do. Australian Anglicans, she says, still have a long way to go.

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Interview with first woman appointed to Pontifical University

Vatican Insider interviews Franciscan Sr. Mary Melone newly appointed head of the Pontifical University Antonianum. She spoke about theology of women and says more collaboration between men and women needs to happen instead of quotas:

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40 years as priests - where are they now?

Where are they now? Forty years ago the first women were ordained as priests in The Episcopal Church. Religion News Service reports:

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PB Katharine Jefferts Schori: seeking equality and justice for all

jeffertsschori_300_0-1.jpgThe Most Rev. Katharine Jefferts Schori writes in the Huffington Post about equality and the recent rulings against contraception coverage and other women's health issues:

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Watch video of service celebrating anniversary of women's ordination

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Sister Elizabeth Johnson accepts award, lambastes Catholic bishops

From Religion News Service:

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Cracks in the 'stained-glass ceiling'

Women clergy are more likely to lead small congregations than large ones, but Adelle Banks of Religion News Service notes that the "stained glass ceiling" is showing some cracks as women begin to lead large historic congregations. In recent months, the Rev. Shannon Johnson Kershner became the first woman solo senior pastor at Chicago’s Fourth Presbyterian Church, the Rev. Amy Butler was elected senior pastor of New York City’s Riverside Church and the Rev. Ginger Gaines-Cirelli began leading Foundry United Methodist Church in Washington, D.C.

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All Faithful Can launched as faithful response to misogyny

Today, three Episcopal priests launched a new website, entitled All Faithful Can--a play on the earlier hashtag: #yesallwomen. The priests: the Rev. Jordan Haynie Ware, the Rev. Robert Berra, and the Rev. Jocelynn Jurkovich-Hughes, have set up the site to be a safe space for women's stories of experiencing misogyny inside and outside of the Church.

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How some churches support spousal abuse

Boz Tchividjian looks at how some churches support spousal abuse in both direct and indirect ways.

RNS:

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Silence: The church, like the NFL, has little to say on domestic violence

Writing for Religions News Service, Autumn Miles reflects on the negative role the church played in her experience of domestic violence.

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I am not the exception: Abusive behavior in the church

Laurie Brock, who blogs at Dirty Sexy Ministry, has written a heartfelt essay that was occasioned by the current controversy at General Seminary, but that speaks to the wider issue of why abuse is so widely tolerated in our church.

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