5 Oct

Women’s Ordination Living History video now available

We are still flying high from the success of last October’s gathering in Seneca Falls, Making Do and Getting it Done. What an amazing journey we had together, learning about women who made a difference in our church, and exploring the 19th-century women’s rights movement in the Finger Lakes region. It’s hard to say what part of that conference was most educational (it was that good!), but the biggest heart-pounding moment for many was the chance to meet and learn from some of the true pioneers of the women’s ordination movement in the Episcopal Church in this country.

The Rev. Barbara Schlachter, moderator of the panel discussion, tells us that now there’s a video available (through Thomas Productions, a local video company). This DVD of the Living History panel was produced so that  everyone could get a chance to see what these incredible women have to say about their ministry. Check it out!

A Living History Panel: Early Pioneers in Women’s Ordination to the Priesthood, held at Trinity Episcopal Church, Seneca Falls, New York, October 25th, 2011. This hour-long video features some of the earliest women to be ordained to the Episcopal priesthood in a panel discussion format moderated by the Rev. Barbara Schlachter. Emily Hewitt, Carter Heyward, and Nancy Wittig were ordained in Philadelphia in 1974, and Pat Merchant and Mary Lyle Sweet Page were ordained in early 1977. They discuss their experiences leading to ordination and from the perspective of now, their greatest sense of satisfaction and disappointment in how the Church has received women’s ordained ministry.

A Living History Panel would be excellent for Christian formation discussions, women’s studies courses or for your church or home library. For more information on how to order this video, follow these links to order the DVD from Thomas Productions, a Finger Lakes region video production company. Click here to order online through Paypal, or use the order form to print and send with your payment.

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