Donald Coggan, archbishop of Canterbury

My own belief is that ordination of women to the priesthood will come. My own personal view is, it should come. When, I don’t know. And how, I don’t know.

Virginia Ramey Mollenkott, professor of English, The William Paterson College of New Jersey Those who believe that God is omnipresent, not only transcendent but also imminent (1 Cor. 3:16), and those who accept the statement of Genesis 1:27 that God created both man and woman in his image must in all consistency support the immediate ordination of women. Because genuine human equality is rooted in God’s omnipresence and imminence, both racism and sexism are practical denials of God’s presence. An honest practice of the presence of God is the cure for both. A Christian woman, like a Christian man, is made in the image of God and is a temple of God, and she is part of Christ’s body. Within that body work is apportioned according to gift, not according to race or sex (1 Cor. 12). Until women are ordained and granted full equality in the governments of evangelical churches, the churches remain guilty of denying these profound theological truths.

Letha Scanzoni,co-author of “All We’re Meant to Be—A Biblical Approach to Women’s Liberation” I think the Holy Spirit settled the matter at Pentecost by coming upon women and men alike. God’s message was specific: “on my menservants and my maidservants.” Qualified and spiritually gifted women in the New Testament held administrative positions and had teaching and preaching responsibilities. The lists of gifts of the Spirit say nothing about gender limitations. If half the Church’s members are blocked from using gifts given by the Holy Spirit for the upbuilding of the whole body, the cause of Christ ...

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