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2006 International Clergywomen's Consultation

The 2006 International Clergywomen's Consultation, meeting in Chicago on August 13-17 marked the 50th anniversary of the official opening of the clergy to women in what is today The United Methodist Church. More than 1,500 participants from around the world took part. The theme was "The Spirit of God Is upon Us: Celebrating Our Courageous Past-Claiming Our Bold Future."  Full rights for women in the clergy were strongly championed by mission leaders in earlier days, and especially by what is now the Women's Division of the General Board of Global Ministries. The board continues to affirm and support women as pastors, superintendents, bishops, and theologians. The stories here were provided by United Methodist News Service.

 

European Clergywomen will Have Consultation Experience
August 22, 2006
The experience of the United Methodist Church's international consultation for clergywomen will be transferred to Europe Feb. 25-28 to bring women pastors on that continent together for worship, support and affirmation.  Read more ...
Source: United Methodist News Service
 
Event Gives Clergywomen Sense of Empowerment From Peers
August 21, 2006
Car, planes and trains brought 1,500 United Methodist clergywomen together to celebrate their past and proclaim their future. Participants from around the globe came here Aug. 13-17 to hear sermons from bishops, participate in a banquet celebrating the 50th anniversary of full clergy rights for women, and purchase books by women who've written about women in ministry.  Read more ...
Source: United Methodist News Service
 
Bishop Encourages Clergywomen to Keep Knocking on Doors
August 21, 2006
United Methodist clergywomen attending an international consultation were challenged to be like the persistent, sassy, forever present, importunate widow in the Bible who kept knocking on the door of the unjust judge. Read more ...
Source: United Methodist News Service
 
First Non-U.S. Woman Bishop Preaches to United Methodists
August 17, 2006
It began with the story of the stoles.  The Aug. 16 worship service at the 2006 International United Methodist Clergywomen's Consultation was one of unnamed women bringing forth stories told with stoles to the stage.  One came from a culture that would not allow women to speak from the pulpit; another was raped as a child and abused as an adult. One was lame, another blind, another deaf.   Read more ...
Source: United Methodist News Service
 
Clergywomen Sign Peace Declaration, Call for End to Iraq War
August 17, 2006
United Methodist clergywomen have signed on to a declaration of peace that encourages the United States to bring its troops home from Iraq by Sept. 21. The Declaration of Peace - endorsed by numerous civic, nonviolent, faith and interfaith peace groups, including Methodist Federation for Social Action - is a call for nonviolent action to end the U.S. war in Iraq. Read more ...
Source: United Methodist News Service
 
Pioneer Women Pastors Share Stories, Advice for Ministry
August 17, 2006
Three clergywomen pioneers told more than 1,500 women pastors that they were just following God's call when they became part of the first group of Methodist women to receive full clergy rights. Marion Kline, Grace Huck and Jane Ann Stoneburner Moore are the only surviving women of those first 27 who received full clergy rights in 1956. Another member of the group, the Rev. Grace Weaver, died July 18. Read more ...
Source: United Methodist News Service
 
Women Bishops Share Their Pastimes
August 15, 2006
One works with gourds, another likes to sail, and others enjoy knitting and gardening. The women bishops of the United Methodist Church have a wide variety of interests and techniques for relaxing and recharging during their free time. Read more ...
Source: United Methodist News Service
 
Clergywomen Celebrate Advances, Reflect on Call

August 15, 2006
A drum introit by Korean clergywomen and a rhythmic crescendo of "marching in the light of God" called the 2006 International Clergywomen's Consultation to order. Read more ...
Source: United Methodist News Service