Saturday, June 13, 2009
I am on my way to the Very Big Celebration of the 30th anniversary of the founding of the Women's Commission in the Diocese of Newark.
Oh, we had been heavily involved in activism long before that. We just 'officially' organized as a diocese 30 years ago.
Bishop Barbara Clementine Harris is our featured speaker. I always love to hear her gravely voice speaking the truth to power - or whosoever will listen to her.
That's a picture of her above, on the day of her consecration, 20 years ago.
A few of us compiled a list of names which we made into 'name tags' which everyone will wear (we're expecting 80-100 people to attend) with the names of the saints who have brought us this far by faith - and grit and sweat and smarts.
The idea is that people will introduce themselves as that person and learn a little bit of our herstory in the process.
At the end of Bishop Barbara's presentation, we're going to have people read off the names as a 'Litany of Saints'.
If you aren't able to join us in person, please join us in prayer.
The struggle continues!
The Philadelphia Eleven
Marie Moorefield Fleisher
Betty Bone Schiess
Katrina Martha Swanson
Nancy Hatch Wittig.
The Washington Four
Eleanor Lee McGee
Ordaining Bishops of the Philadelphia Eleven
Robert L DeWitt
Edward R Welles
Assisting: Antonio Ramos
Ordaining Bishops of the Washington Five
First Ordained in the Diocese of Newark
Abby Painter Hamilton
First Woman ordained in Anglican Communion
Li Tim Oi
First ‘Negro’ woman ordained to priesthood
Rev. Pauli Murray
First Woman President of House of Deputies
First Woman Ordained to the Episcopacy
Barbara Clementine Harris
First Woman Presiding Bishop
Katharine Jefferts Schori
Diocese of Newark Activist for the Ordination of Women
Fran Trott – first editor of The Voice
Elizabeth Wiggins Maxwell
Ann Hughes – did all the calligraphy for the first issue of Ruach
The National Advisory Committee for Women’s Ordination Now (WON)
Rev. Sandord (Sandy) Cutler
Rev. William Wendt
Rev. Paul Washington
Bishop R.B. Appleyard
Early Activists for the Ordination of Women
Beryl Turner – Diocese of Pittsburgh 1977
Mary Sudman Donovan, author, “A Different Call”
Ellen Wondra – Developed Bibliography of Resources for Women
Arlene Swinder – Editor “WORD” “A woman in a man’s church”
Feminist Theologians and Activists
Beverley Wildung Harrison
Elisabeth Schussler Fiorenza Nelle Morton – author, theologian, professor at Drew Theological School
Carol Christ, author, “Diving Deep and Surfacing”
Georgia Harkness “Women in Church and Society” 1972
Rosemary Radford Ruther
Ntozake Shange “I found god in myself”
Adrienne Rich – “Dream of a Common Language”
Marie Fortune – Women’s Ethics
Marianne Micks “The Future Present”
Lucritia Mott – Quaker Movement – Abolitions
Olympia Brown – feminist theologian Unitarian Church
Frederica Harris Thompsett
Mary Calloway, “Sing, O Barren One”
Among the first wave of ordained women
Sr. Mary Michael Simpson, OSH
Jane Holmes Dixon
Rachel Hosmer, OSH