VATICAN CITY (RNS) — As word spread that the final document of the Amazon synod will include recommendations about the ordination of women to the diaconate, bishops involved in the synod have taken a stand asking for more female participation and leadership in the Catholic Church.
MILWAUKEE (RNS) — The ELCA Churchwide Assembly kicked off a year of celebrations: 50 years of women's ordination, 40 years of women of color being ordained and 10 years of LGBTQ people serving freely in the mainline Lutheran denomination.
(RNS) — 'I keep picturing you naked under your robe,' said one congregant to his female minister.
VATICAN CITY (RNS) — The synod's report deals with a host of issues of concern to young people: treatment of women in society and in the church, the church’s attitude toward LGBT members, clerical sex abuse, warfare, poverty, migration, human trafficking and corruption. But the work must continue in local churches.
What effect do clergywomen have on girls? A great one, it turns out: women who grew up with female clergy as role models do better psychologically and educationally than those who did not.
Women's ordination has an effect on women in the pews, a new national study finds. Congregations that give women the potential of gender equality in leadership can increase women's trust in, and commitment to, their religious communities.
VATICAN CITY (AP) — The church appeared to open the door to making official some ministries that women in remote parts of Latin America already perform, including celebrating baptisms.
(RNS) One of the Catholic Church’s traditional arguments against the priestly ordination of women revolves around Jesus of Nazareth being a man. But the authors of the Christian Scriptures would never have understood that logic.
(RNS) The movement to ordain women as priests in the Roman Catholic Church isn’t new. But its supporters have seen glimmers of hope for their cause this summer.
(RNS) Ordaining women as deacons may, or may not, happen, but the process could have other, maybe unintended, consequences.
"Any time you begin to break down one barrier, you see others crumble more," said a proponent of women's ordination.
(RNS) The Rabbinical Council of America officially prohibited the ordination of women in what it described as a direct vote of its membership.
(RNS) The act of protest has occurred in several states across the U.S. after the global denomination voted in July not to allow its regional church bodies to ordain women pastors.
Matthew Becker had raised questions about the denomination’s stance against the ordination of women, as well as its teaching of creationism, or the literal reading of the story of creation in the book of Genesis.
"Give yourself permission to make the best choice for you and your own wellbeing., writes Kelly. "Put your faith in yourself and in women."