2017 – An Abundance of Anniversaries for Women
50 years since female lay readers were appointed
30 years since women deacons were ordained in the CofE
100 years since Maude Royden became assistant preacher at the City Temple in London, being thus the first woman to occupy this office.
100 years since Constance Coltman became the first women minister ordained in the UK (congregational minister)
21 years since WATCH was formed
25 years since the vote was taken for women’s ordination to the priesthood
CALL TO ACTION
Help us mark these anniversaries together by inviting women to preach in as many churches as possible on
Sunday, July 16th
God of all humanity,
we give thanks for all Christian feminist pioneers.
We rejoice in their successes and gallant failures,
in their willingness to take risks, and to seek to use their gifts.
Grant that we too may be empowered by your love,
that we may play our full part in the great adventure of life and faith,
In the name of Jesus, who gave up his life so that we might all be free, Amen