Women in Ministry Celebration

Adapted from a Canticle Communications release

Church Divinity School of the Pacific will celebrate its new St. Margaret’s Visiting Professorship on Women in Ministry with speakers, a book talk, Eucharist and a festive dinner on November 6.

The day of celebration begins at 2:30 p.m. and concludes at 9, and will be webcast at cdsp.edu.

The Rt. Rev. Mary Gray-Reeves, Bishop of El Camino Real, will preach at the Eucharist and Jenny Te Paa Daniel, an editor of Anglican Women on Church and Mission, will lead a discussion with co-editors Kwok Pui-lan and Judith Berling.

Te Paa Daniel, the New Zealand-born educator and advocate who was the first indigenous laywoman to be appointed to lead an Anglican theological college, is the inaugural St. Margaret’s visiting professor.

“The church relies on women, at every level and in every role,” said the Rev. Mark Richardson, CDSP’s dean and president. “Yet we seldom stop to take a long, deep look at the particular challenges women face within the church. I am excited and grateful that so many of the leading women in our church and the wider Anglican Communion have agreed to share their experiences with us. This is exactly the kind of event we had in mind when the St. Margaret’s professorship was created.”

The professorship is being inaugurated on the 40th anniversary of the ordination service for the Philadelphia 11. It was made possible by support from a cadre of women who have taught or studied at CDSP. The chair is named in honor of St. Margaret’s House, a Berkeley-based institution that trained deaconesses and laywomen for ministry in the Episcopal Church from 1909 to 1966.

“CDSP’s desire is to welcome women leaders into our community each year through the visiting professorship, and to represent different generations of leaders and breadth of contributions through this endowed program,” Richardson said.

Admission to the event is $50 and dinner is included.

Image: Jenny Te Paa Daniel at General Convention in 2009 • Episcopal Church Library

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