Women in ministry — October 7, 2019

Jesus called women to share in his ministry when he walked the earth and he still does today. Nonetheless, the role of women in the church has been debated and contested — and continues to evolve. This issue of the Outlook offers a snapshot of women in Presbyterian ministry past and present.

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The rise of women in the pulpit Margaret Towner was ordained in 1956 — 36 years after the first overture to ordain women went before General Assembly. Sherry Blackman recounts the history of women’s ordination.

Women in ministry through the lens of former co-moderators Denise Anderson and Jan Edmiston share their experience of gifted women leading throughout the Presbyterian Church.

The place and status of women In 1953, Hugh Kerr wrote this Reformed theological discussion of women in ministry for the Outlook.

Responses to domestic violence  Katrina Pekich-Bundy calls the church be active against sexual abuse and domestic violence.